Deschutes River State Park Trail

The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Deschutes River State Park Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This route follows the shores of the swift-running Deschutes River in Deschutes River State Park and then hooks up with the doubletrack rail-trail that takes you back to your starting point.

The hike offers great views of the river and a chance to view a variety of wildlife present in the sagebrush-scented Deschutes River Canyon. There is also an overnight campground in this state park if you want to stay for a few days."

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Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"The Wild and Scenic Deschutes River is one of Oregon’s grandest waterways and one of the Columbia’s major tributaries. Here at its confluence with the Columbia, at the eastern gateway of the gorge national scenic area, a delightful state park provides miles of familyfriendly trails along the Deschutes, across sun-scorched desert steppe, and to a high bluff with grand views of the wide canyon cut by the powerful river."

Deschutes River State Park Trail Trip Reports

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This is a very beautiful area. I walked 17 miles by extending from the river trail 5 miles down the bike trail, then turning around. A very nice 7 mile loop is to follow the river foot path to the end, head back North one mile on the pike path, follow the loop out to the springs and back to the start. This takes you through spectacular hills with river view and includes 3 miles along the river.
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This is a great family ride. The trail winds it's way East through the canyon with views of the river all along the way. The trail itself is a very gentle grade all along except for the short climb up to the trail and between 3 and 4 miles - the drop down and back up. This is a short push for those that can't grind it out. It can get very hot so do take lots of water. Also, there are lots of ticks in the area, so if you venture down by the river, beware in the tall grass and check yourself afterwards. There are not many soft sandy areas at all, but there is some washboard sections as well as rocky sections that may slow you down a bit. Other than that, it is as fast or leisurely of a ride as you want. We did not venture past Harrison Ranch.
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First of's not a ride you want to take in july!!! HOT. Hot. Hot. That aside, get to the park off Hwy26, about 40 miles East of PDX. A grassy park awaits you and is the beginning of the ride. $5 per night, can you believe it? No vehicles on the trail, horses can only go out 8.5 miles but Mt. Bikes can g all the way to the end. Take a camera, there's a ghost town near the end. Stay out of the buildings, they are in terrible shape and full of RATTLERS. Don't forget to pack plenty of water. If you plan to loop it in a day, start early.
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I really enjoyed this trail, it is excellent for beginners as well as advanced riders. The only caution I would throw out is that it can get really hot and you should be sure to bring plenty of water, or even a hydration pack would be useful. We had to stop and put our water in the river between rocks to cool off at one point during the ride, oh, and don't forget the sunscreen!

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Trail Information

The Dalles
Nearby City
75 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 to 2 hours
Oregon State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Emerson, Wishram
Local Maps

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