Deschutes River State Park - River Trail
Eastern Gorge, Oregon
alert Trail Alert, Mar 27, 2020: Most trails in the Columbia Gorge are now closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is urging all members of the to public to stay local and give Gorge trails a break. If you can get to a neighborhood recreation spot by walking or biking, even better. Check the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or Washington State Parks websites for additional information and breaking updates.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
22.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
200 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms
Restrooms:
Yes miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
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This trail follows an old, gravel railroad grade along the Deschutes River. The first two miles travel through Deschutes State Park.  The first hill leads to views of the canyon and out toward the east end of the gorge, over brush and balsamroot in late spring. The hike ends at the water tower just beyond the Harris Homestead at mile 11.3. Return the way you came. Parking is $5 for day use, or $5 per night for backpackers. This is also a great mountain biking trail.
 
Learn more about Deschutes River State Recreation Area.

Driving Directions

Deschutes River State Recreation Area:  From I-84 take Exit #96/Celilo. Turn right, crossing the railroad tracks and then turn left onto Hwy. 30 for 4 miles. Enter the State Park after crossing the Deschutes River and drive to the end to the overflow parking.