Deschutes River, Ferry Springs Hike

Deschutes River State Recreation Area

Tygh Valley + Lower Deschutes, Oregon

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Deschutes River, Ferry Springs Hike

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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Dry desert air. Nearby camping. Region's warmest swimming hole.
Cons: 
Mid-summer heat. Little shade.
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Region:
Tygh Valley + Lower Deschutes, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
300 ft (91 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
600 ft (183 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Although it’s almost a two hour journey from Portland to the Deschutes River State Recreation Site, this trail it is certainly worth it.  Three reasons: Sun, sun, and more sun!  Oh, and a great swimming hole too!  In fact, if you’re looking to get sun kissed, whether its spring or fall, than the Deschutes River is probably one of the closest and most reliable destinations for vitamin D.

This great and easy trail essentially starts at the confluence of the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers, follows/parallels an old rail line and takes you several miles upstream where you will be mesmerized by the smell of the Sagebrush, the golden glow of the grassy hillsides, unique and diverse wildflowers, and the melodic call of the Western Meadowlark (Oregon’s state bird).  It all depends on how much sun kissing and heat you need, but most-likely you’ll want to avoid the trail in the peak of the summer during July and August as temperatures over 100 degrees are not unlikely and the trail affords little to no shade.  Once back at the trailhead near the campground you’ll enjoy cooling off with a jump in the river, one of the region’s best swimming holes.  Unlike our cascade rivers that are fresh with nearby glacial runoff and remain extremely chilly year round, the waters of the Lower Deschutes River have been basking in the sun for at least 100 miles, making it much warmer than most swimming spots.  Enjoy!

Caution:  This is rattlesnake country, so always be on the lookout.  Ticks are also common, so before stepping back into your vehicle be sure to check your cloths, legs and pets to make sure you’re good to go.

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