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Oregon Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gering, Nebraska and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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no shade

historic site

The covered wagons in front of the Scotts Bluff National Monument administrative building mark the start of the Oregon Trail Pathway. The smaller Studebaker and Murphy wagons were the mode of transportation for families. The larger Conestoga wagon was not often used on the Oregon Trail, but was used to haul freight. Living history demonstrations occur at the Murphy wagon during the summer. When the trail surface changes from asphalt to dirt, you are walking "on" the actual Oregon Trail. Today, after over 150 years of erosion of the soft rocks, individual wheel ruts are not visible. What is visible is called a "swale," which is a deep roadbed that was created by wagons traveling single file through Mitchell Pass. After crossing Mitchell Pass, the trail becomes paved again, and the Oregon Trail's path is marked by wooden posts in the trail's center. Near the end of the hiking trail is the site where William Henry Jackson camped and sketched while working as a bullwhacker on a wagon train in 1866.

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2 months ago

paved trail then becomes rocky washed out path. stay on the path. 3/4 of the way to the end we encountered a rattlesnake and promptly turned around. uphill out and then downhill back.

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3 months ago

Nice walk to stretch our legs passing through

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3 months ago

nice easy walk

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4 months ago

Nice quick hike, but definitely do another if you are there because the views are nicer in other parts.

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9 months ago

Nice trail to stretch your legs and get rid of some energy that toddlers all seem to have an abundance of. On hot summer days be sure to drink plenty of water.

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11 months ago

We hike this little walking trail every time we come through the area. it's very easy and for a short trail it's very photogenic as you are walking in front of the bluffs. There are three covered wagon displays that younger children will enjoy seeing. If you are looking for a more challenging trail they have several at the monument, but this one is great to stretch your legs and let the kids have some fun.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Historical value, nice wagon exhibits, fun to see the swell/depression of the trail. doable by most even with limited mobility.

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