The Cove Palisades State Park

Metolius, Oregon

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The Cove Palisades State Park is known as a boating paradise, but tucked among the hills overlooking the junctions of three of Central Oregon’s most prominent rivers—the Deschutes, the Metolius, and the Crooked—is also one of the region’s best High Desert loop trails: the Tam-a-láu Trail. From atop the section of the park called e Th Peninsula, Tam-a-láu provides jaw-dropping views of the Crooked and Deschutes River arms of Lake Billy Chinook and transforms the boats on the waters and cars on the road to miniature Matchbox vehicles. Seemingly closer at hand are the stately Cascade peaks of Mount Jefferson, the Three Sisters, and the more faint Mount Hood.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

The Cove Palisades State Park is known as a boating paradise, but tucked among the hills overlooking the junctions of three of Central Oregon’s most prominent rivers—the Deschutes, the Metolius, and the Crooked—is also one of the region’s best High Desert loop trails: the Tam-a-láu Trail.

From atop the section of the park called e Th Peninsula, Tam-a-láu provides jaw-dropping views of the Crooked and Deschutes River arms of Lake Billy Chinook and transforms the boats on the waters and cars on the road to miniature Matchbox vehicles. Seemingly closer at hand are the stately Cascade peaks of Mount Jefferson, the Three Sisters, and the more faint Mount Hood.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Metolius
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 1,109 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset Best: Spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Cove Palisades State Park, 541-546-3412, tinyurl.com/covepalisades
Local Maps: PDF map at tinyurl.com/covepalisadesmap
Driving Directions: Directions to The Cove Palisades State Park

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