Sumpter Valley Railroad Interpretive Trail

Bates, Oregon

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This noteworthy interpretive trail marks the highest point of the Sumpter Valley Railway: 5,277 feet. It overlooks switchbacks into the John Day Valley. Learn about the historic railway and why the route was abandoned.
Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest

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Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest

by Natalie Bartley (Falcon Guides)

This noteworthy interpretive trail marks the highest point of the Sumpter Valley Railway: 5,277 feet. It overlooks switchbacks into the John Day Valley. Learn about the historic railway and why the route was abandoned.

©  Natalie Bartley/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bates
Length: 0.25
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: While the trail can be used year-round, the lot adjacent to the highway isn’t plowed; expect snow Nov through Apr.
Local Contacts: Malheur National Forest
Topo Map: Sumpter Valley Railroad Interpretive Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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