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Deschutes River Trail

89600 Biggs Rufus Hwy, Wasco, OR 97065, The Dalles, Oregon

Admin: Jamethiel Morse

A 26-mile round-trip ride on the Deschutes River Trail along the east bank of the river. The trail is an easy, flat grade, but mountain bikes are recommended due to the dirt and gravel surface. Be prepared with a patch kit in case of a flat tire—it’s a long walk back. Backcountry camping is allowed along the trail. Bicycles are also welcome on the 2-mile Rock Pile trail that follows the west bank of the river. From March 1 through June 30, equestrians can ride on 11 miles of the Deschutes River Trail route. Go to the Park Store to reserve your trip. The trail is open from sunrise to sunset; no overnight camping with horses is allowed.

TRAIL HEAD

Deschutes River State Recreation Area

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Day Ride - Trails Only / No CampingEffort level - Easy, Driving Trails

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- No Water / Bring your own water

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- No Horse Containment Available

-- Pack in / Pack out

-- Dogs Must be on a Leash

-- Dogs Must be on a leash on trails

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

Camping at Hood River Saddle Club just under an hour away, good for a once a year trip, 22 miles round trip.

TYPE OF LAND

- Public Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trailer to Trails

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

- Rivers

Type of Footing on the trails

- Gravel, Rock

Type of Terrain

- Flat

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Part is open cattle range, watch for rattlesnakes.

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

Horses only allowed in spring, March-June, can be hot in June so April/May is your best bet.

COMMENTS

Kelli McFadden

Looks like a fun trail!