Lower Deschutes River

  • Easy (to Ferry Springs)
  • 4.2-mile loop
  • 600 feet elevation gain
  • Open all year
  • Use: hikers, bicycles

  • Moderate (to Gordon Canyon)
  • 7.5-mile loop
  • 800 feet elevation gain

The charms of a desert river are many: bright blue skies, the pungent smell of sage, birdsong across glassy water, and the cool grass of an oasis-like riverbank. You’ll find it all on a loop hike from the state park at the mouth of the Deschutes River. Part of the loop follows the abandoned grade of the 1909 DesChutes Railroad, now a hiker/biker trail. The trip’s prettiest if it’s timed to see the wildflowers of spring or the colors of fall. Just avoid the heat of July and August.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.