Eightmile Loop Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Eightmile Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near The Dalles, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Hwy. 26 to Jct. Hwy. 35. Take Hwy. 35 north approx. 10 miles to Forest Service Road 44. Turn right onto Rd. 44 then left onto Rd. 4430 to Eight mile Campground. This trail, constructed in 1996, originates out of the picnic area.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, well-maintained trail, could have had better views for the distance. We didn't pay the $5 to park at the campground - there's a few areas where you can park on the side of the road. Would definitely recommend taking the short trail to the lookout tower. Be careful of mountain bikers, there were a lot and they can come up on you quickly.

6 months ago

For some reason this is one of my favorite trails in the area, I'm surprised others don't seem to share a similar opinion. On weekends it can get a little crowded at times and is a bit narrow in places and you will likely have to move to the side a time or two for mountain bikers. I tend to frequent this trail on weekdays though and have often been the only one on it which is typically when I enjoy it the most. For myself at least it's the perfect length and intensity for a decent little day hike. If you park at the main trailhead at 8 mile campground there is a 5 dollar fee but there are a couple other places you can park. You get a view of mount Adams from one section as well as spectacular distant scenery. I have often had close encounters with deer and other wildlife. This trail hosts an exceptional mixture of sites and surroundings ranging from dense wooded areas that seem to consume you to sparsely forested and open areas with great views as well as creeks, low and high ground. I encourage everyone to give this trail a shot.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

it would have been a nice trail, but it has not been maintained recently, leaving us to climb over/under/ around fallen trees and debris along the trail.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

walked this trail with mixed feelings. Narrow trail. mostly singal file. encountered many mountain bikes. not many places for either to move aside to let pass or to rest. nice trail tho. steep elevation climb at either end of loop. east end if going up is steap climb with switchbacks. west end is easier for going up.

Monday, August 03, 2015