Lower Deschutes River Trail

Cecillo, Oregon

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The trailhead at the Deschutes River State Park is 100 miles east of Portland. The railroad grade maintains a constant 1 to 3 percent climb for 16 miles. While it seems flat when you start, the continuous climbing becomes exhausting. Less than 1 mile from the Columbia River, you pass the Class-III Moody Rapids. Rattlesnake Rapids, a Class IV, is 1.5 miles farther upstream. At 4 miles, you cross Gordon Canyon and pass the only other Class-4 rapid, the Colorado. The trail passes seventeen dispersed campsites between the Columbia River and Sixteen Mile Canyon. The trail is rarely closed by snow or ice, but summer days may be too hot to ride. Tread: gravel railroad bed. Hazards: rattlesnakes, dehydration, and flat tires are the main hazards. The snakes are rarely seen; bring plenty of water; and get puncture proof tires, if you can.

Lower Deschutes River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The trailhead at the Deschutes River State Park is 100 miles east of Portland. The railroad grade maintains a constant 1 to 3 percent climb for 16 miles. While it seems flat when you start, the continuous climbing becomes exhausting. Less than 1 mile from the Columbia River, you pass the Class-III Moody Rapids. Rattlesnake Rapids, a Class IV, is 1.5 miles farther upstream. At 4 miles, you cross Gordon Canyon and pass the only other Class-4 rapid, the Colorado. The trail passes seventeen dispersed campsites between the Columbia River and Sixteen Mile Canyon.

The trail is rarely closed by snow or ice, but summer days may be too hot to ride. Tread: gravel railroad bed. Hazards: rattlesnakes, dehydration, and flat tires are the main hazards. The snakes are rarely seen; bring plenty of water; and get puncture proof tires, if you can."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cecillo
Distance: 32
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 5-6 hours
Season: Rarely closed by snow, but summer days may be too hot to ride.
Local Contacts: Prineville District 541-447-8800
Local Maps: USGS: Wishram, Emerson, Locust Grove, Erskine
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Deschutes River Trail

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May 2018