Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
Yes
Sensitive Habitat
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Just why there is a bridge to nowhere stretching accross the Blowout Arm of Detroit Lake is widely unknown. And while the purpose of this construction may be a mystery, the beauty of this hidden trail cannot be questioned. The trail itself is about a quarter of a mile long, and it winds through a lush forest enviroment. During spring and early summer the trail is covered in tiny wildflowers; as summer progresses the trail remains surrounded by ferns and moss. During late summer and early fall the trail becomes a haven for rough-skinned newts, and it is not unusual to find 20 or more in a single day. Remember that a newt's skin is posionus, however, so please look and not touch. 

A few things to keep in mind if you visit:

  1. Overnight camping is not allowed.
  2. Leave No Trace! There are no garbage cans or waste disposal facilities at the parking lot or by the bridge, so plan on packing everything out. 
  3. Jumping from the bridge is allowed, though there is no lifeguard on duty. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Quiet, lush forest. Swimming. Fishing.

Cons

Pot holes.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Family friendly
Bird watching
Wildflowers
Near lake or river
Wildlife

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

09/02/2018
The driving distances were a little shorter than the directions and I had to double back. Blowout road actually dead ends now and the turnout is a parking lot down to the right.

Once we got there, it was GORGEOUS. The bridge was too high for jumping since the water was so low, but there was a super fun rope swing, lots of high jumping rocks, and the water was very nice to swim in with warm currents. There were some boats, but they were very respectful. It was a bit of true Oregon paradise at the end of summer.
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