Creating a World-Class Trekking Network Encircling the Gorge
Learn more about the initiative to create a 200-mile loop trail network in the Gorge.
On the Trail
Along with the longer Deschutes River Trail, this is an excellent spring wildflower hike, long before summer temperatures climb. At a location where Oregon Trail pioneers regrouped before the final journey into the Willamette Valley, hike a 4.5-to-5-mile loop that gains 500 feet in elevation and offers views of the river and surrounding landscape.
Permits & Pets
This area is managed by Oregon State Parks. An Oregon State Parks Pass is required and can be purchased on-site with $5 cash. Dogs are required to be leashed at all times.
- From the parking area, hike uphill 0.1 mile on a narrow trail to the wide Deschutes River Trail, a former railway alignment, and turn right. In 0.8 mile, turn left onto the single-track Ferry Springs Trail. Walk 0.7 mile to the springs, a green seam in a dry draw, and then continue on the trail for 1 mile to where it rejoins the River Trail. Turn right onto the Deschutes River Trail or take one of the two lower trails that also parallel the river—the Blackberry Trail or the Riverview Trail. Follow any of the three trails to return to the start. View an Oregon State Parks brochure including trail map.
- Please always stay on the trail and clean your boots before and after you hike. Hikers and their dogs are common vectors for spreading invasive seeds.
- Restrooms are located at the campground.
Follow the pioneers’ route into The Dalles via gravel Moody Road, Fifteen Mile Road, and U.S. 30. Spend the night, meander into historical hillside neighborhoods, enjoy local food and drink in downtown brewpubs, walk the 6-mile riverfront trail, and learn more about this historical part of Oregon at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
Directions & Travel Tips
From I-84 eastbound: Take exit 97 for OR-206 to Deschutes/State Park/Celilo. Turn right, and cross the railroad tracks. At Highway 206, turn left and drive 3 miles, crossing the Deschutes River. Immediately after, turn right into the recreation area.
From I-84 westbound: Take exit 104/U.S. 97. Turn left on U.S. 97 and right onto the second cross street, Highway 206. Drive 4.4 miles. Immediately before crossing the Deschutes River, turn left into the recreation area.
From the entrance, drive 0.4 mile, passing the campground, to the southernmost paved parking area.