New trail crossing along Skyliners


Published Dec 19, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Bicyclists, runners and pedestrians along Skyliners Road in Bend can now cross beneath Lemhi Pass Drive safely with the completion of a trail crossing.

West Bend Property Co., the developer of the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood, had the 24-foot-wide trail crossing built. It allows people to avoid street traffic along the popular paved trail that parallels Skyliners Road, leading from the west end of Galveston Avenue to the intersection with Mt. Washington Drive.

Taylor NW started construction in July. Local metal artist Andy Sachs created the artwork. Lemhi Pass Drive was recently connected from within NorthWest Crossing to Skyliners Drive.

Maston Trail Use Area gets upgrade

The Maston Trail Use Area, located between Tumalo and Redmond, has recently expanded.

The 4,100-acre area operated by the Bureau of Land Management includes gravel and paved walking paths, a picnic area, a bathroom and a parking area for horse trailers and vehicles.

Funding for the expansion was provided in part by a Recreational Trails Program Grant, administered by Oregon State Parks.

In addition, volunteers helped install informational signs, benches, native plants, fencing, a new bike rack and trail signs.

The area, part of the 32,000-acre Cline Buttes Recreation site, offers year-round trail access for hikers, bikers and equestrian riders with views of the Deschutes River Canyon, and is open for nonmotorized use only.

The Maston trailhead is located off of Cline Falls Highway on Newcomb Road, four miles south of Eagle Crest.

For more information, visit www.blm.gov or call 541-416-6700.

— From staff reports