Old Oregon Trunk Railroad and Trout Creek Bluffs

Madras, Oregon 97741

Old Oregon Trunk Railroad and Trout Creek Bluffs

Old Oregon Trunk Railroad and Trout Creek Bluffs Professional Review and Guide

"This intriguing rail-to-trail conversion travels through the Lower Deschutes River Canyon. Designated as both an Oregon Scenic Waterway and a federal Wild and Scenic River, the Deschutes flows through a colorful rimrock canyon here, a favorite recreational spot for hikers, mountain bikers, anglers, and rafters. This route takes the steep climbers' trail to the base of Trout Creek Bluffs. The trail up to the bluffs is subject to seasonal closure to protect nesting golden eagles. The closure doesn't affect the lower trail, though, so you'll have options for exploring year-round.

Start off on the wide and flat trail on the south side of the river, crossing over a cattle guard almost immediately as you head upstream. The entire stretch of the canyon is gorgeous, but this hike is particularly scenic."

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Trail Information

Madras
Nearby City
2.5
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
BLM Prineville District
Local Contacts
USGS Gateway
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018