Deschutes River Trail (Lower)
ElevationAscent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -368' -112 m
High: 331' 101 m
Low: 195' 59 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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31.3 mi 50.5 km • Point to Point • 1,504 ft Ascent 458.37 m Ascent
Doubletrack Dallesport, WA( 4 )
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“Miles of scenic converted rail trail take you through the beautiful Deschutes River Valley.”— Anthony Harasimowicz
Family Friendly Very flat, wide doubletrack can be a good starting trail for kids. Be mindful of choppy rocks in some places though.
It's worth taking a minute to check out the old abandoned rail cars lining the side of the trail providing a glimpse into the distant past. As the trail continues to wind along the river you'll pass by massive rock cliffs that were cut to make room for the rail line. Just after reaching the 11-mile mark you'll approach the remnant structures of Harris Ranch. This is a good spot for a peaceful, scenic snack, after which you can decide to continue on or head back.
Although not mapped here, the trail does actually continue winding south for several more miles but finally ends near the 20-mile mark only continuing as a faint, rugged hiking route. Making the extended journey to this far end and is a long trek for a single day's riding. If bike camping, a side excursion from your base camp may be a better way to explore the entire route.
Land Manager: Oregon State Parks