The Lower Deschutes River Trail runs for 17 miles through Deschutes River State Recreation Area, catering to hikers and mountain bikers. Equestrian trails are open March through June only (fees and registration required), and you can also camp, boat, swim and fish in the recreation area.
The trail, an old railroad bed, begins near the park's entrance and winds along the Deschutes River (tributary of the Columbia River), a scenic route through a mountain canyon.
Parking and Trail Access
To get the Deschutes River State Recreation Area, from The Dalles head about 17 miles east on I-84/US 30 to Exit 97 (westbound use Exit 104 at Biggs Junction). Follow the signs to State Route 206 (Celilo-Wasco Hwy) and the recreation area.
Warning, it can be hot. Ride early and take lots of water (3-4 liters per person). There is no shade and the afternoon sun creates a furnace in the canyon.
We (myself, wife, kids 15,13,11--all on front suspension hybrid bikes) rode 26 miles without any ...
Puncture Vine on Trail
Some sections of this railroad grade are infested with a weed called Puncture Vine or Goat Head. In the fall this plant produces sharp seeds which puncture bicycle tires and ruin both tires and tubes. This is a noxious weed and each infestation encountered ...
Bumpy and hot!
"This trail is still firmly in the ""it's got potential"" category. On many other rails to trails rides that I've been on, there was a bit of romance to riding on a railroad bed that had been resurfaced. This particular railroad bed is little more than ...