A 110-mile loop through rolling hills of the Oregon wheat country, the Deschutes River Canyon, and into Washington state. Add about twenty miles for the Maupin Loop. The Oregon Trail crosses the drive at several points as it begins in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area at 175 feet elevation and climbs to about 3,000 feet. Distant Cascade peaks and forested foothills provide a magnificent contrast with the roadside scenery that is a succession of grasslands, wheat, and barley fields.
Depending on crop rotation and season, they form a colorful patchwork of bright greens, yellows, magentas, and sandy to chocolate browns. At Tygh Valley, travelers have an option of taking a short route or adding twenty miles by motoring south to Maupin and returning by the Deschutes River Canyon. Special attractions: Oregon Trail routes, waterfalls, Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, museums, Columbia River Gorge, Stonehenge, Maryhill Museum of Art, and fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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