School Canyon Trail

Dalles, Oregon

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As the Cascade Mountains slope downward on their eastern “rain-shadow” side, the climate gets progressively drier and the forests become more open. In the transition zone between forested mountains and semi-arid grasslands is a unique pine-oak ecosystem filled with outstanding wildflower displays and surprisingly good scenery. The School Canyon Trail, perhaps the best way to sample this beautiful environment, is a particularly good option for west-side hikers tired of the waterlogged paths closer to home. In addition to the scenery, you will get a kick out of the place names in this area. Elsewhere the map of Oregon is filled with uninspired names such as “Deer Creek” and “Lost Lake,” but here it is a pleasant surprise to see how someone with a little imagination put some thought into the naming process. Three particularly inspired examples are the low summits dubbed Felt Tip, Ball Point, and Pen Point. All that is missing is an Ink Creek for a complete set.
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

by Douglas Lorain (The Mountaineers Books)

As the Cascade Mountains slope downward on their eastern “rain-shadow” side, the climate gets progressively drier and the forests become more open. In the transition zone between forested mountains and semi-arid grasslands is a unique pine-oak ecosystem filled with outstanding wildflower displays and surprisingly good scenery. The School Canyon Trail, perhaps the best way to sample this beautiful environment, is a particularly good option for west-side hikers tired of the waterlogged paths closer to home.

In addition to the scenery, you will get a kick out of the place names in this area. Elsewhere the map of Oregon is filled with uninspired names such as “Deer Creek” and “Lost Lake,” but here it is a pleasant surprise to see how someone with a little imagination put some thought into the naming process. Three particularly inspired examples are the low summits dubbed Felt Tip, Ball Point, and Pen Point. All that is missing is an Ink Creek for a complete set.

©  Douglas Lorain/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dalles
Length: 7.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Mid-March to early December
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 463 Flag Point
Topo Map: School Canyon Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/4/2007

Fret Creek Trail to Divide Trail to Lookout Mtn. - Fret Creek Trail very overgrown - moderate to difficult due to conditions.

6/17/2007

Very pleasant creekside hiking for first half, then some steep climbing onto a ridge with 360 views of eastern side of cascades.

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