Eightmile Loop Trail is a 6.6 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: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,128 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

12 days ago

very nice hike with diverse scenery. gradual elevation gain is easy on the legs. lots of "polite" bike riders to share the trail with.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a wonderful trail to hike on most everyday, but today we got WET! At one point, we were hailed on. The weather forecast predicted 51% chance of rain at 1:00 but we were rained on almost the entire time- our fault that we kept moving forward;) Despite the rain, we loved listening to the babbling creek, seeing the beautiful evergreens, quite a few wildflowers in bloom or near bloom, and even the cloud-cloaked views were gorgeous. There are quite a few, large, fallen trees throughout the trail, so be prepared to climb over, crawl under, or walk around them.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for social distancing, done 4/9/20 still a bunch of snow. Some parts 3-4 inches, other parts up to a few feet. North side mostly clear of snow. If you’re going to do it, make sure you have the map downloaded with a full battery because snow covers a lot of the trail! Had to park .5 miles away from campground and walk to trailhead due to snow- would recommend waiting a few more weeks to do this one!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fantastic way to get high quick and move through the mountains. Never terribly busy and awesome views!

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7 months ago

Visited here Monday 11/4/19. Parked at the picnic area at Eight Mile Campground. You need a northwest Forrest pass, or an America the Beautiful pass, or pre-purchase a day pass before you park here as there is no fee pay box here. Bathroom was pretty clean, but no tp. Lots of picnic areas with BBQ pits. I took Brooks and a FR in (in good condition) and FR and dufur valley road (in good/ok condition. Paved. This road is closed December 15th to March 15th.). Forrest Service is doing controlled burns close to trail on Eight Mile Loop November 4th to November 8th so you may encounter thick ashy smoke in the lower areas like we did. Hiked the more difficult way first (which is moderate/easy, some up hill) side first. With a detour to check out Five Mile Butte Lookout. (The top of the lookout is gated and locked so unless you are renting it out there is no access up top. There is a pulley system, but it's broken. A pretty terrible smelling open pit toilet as well.) The lookout was gorgeous at sunrise and bonus there was no one staying there when we went so we got to walk up and check out as much of the lookout as we could. This area is very beautiful. When you get to the road you have to road walk before the creek side trail begins. Eight Mile Creek was mostly frozen over but very beautiful. The Larches are loosing their needles. About a mile in on the creek side is where the controlled burns are happening on both sides of the trail. There are blow downs on this trail. 7.36 miles with 1091 ft elevation gain

running
9 months ago

8 AM at the trail head, went counterclockwise on this run. Nice cool weather this morning at about 50° and got here before all the mountain bikers, never saw one person on the trail Sunday morning. The climb up was not too challenging but did walk some sections. After cresting ran along ridge line, downhill all the way back was nice. 7 miles exactly

hiking
9 months ago

Going to the lookup fire tower give you a 360 degrees view so this is great. Else the trail is mostly made for mountain biking.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a wonderful hike in the forest. There were a lot of ponderosa pines, white pines and for trees. We saw over 20 different varieties of wild flowers and hardly anyone else on the trail. We did see 6 bicyclists and lots of deer tracks. The trail was easy and mostly smooth with pine needles or soft dirt. The dirt was dusty in a few spots due to the sun and bicyclists digging in. Tennis shoes would be fine. There was a lot of shade. The majority of the time you were in the trees. There was a bit of a view near the lookout tower. You could see the buttes and ridges running South East of Mt Hood but you couldn't see My Hood at all. We went to the lookout first and walked along the cool creek on our way back. Clockwise. It was easier. The trail was well maintained. Plenty of signage. I liked it for the solitude.

hiking
10 months ago

Great climb with a constant uphill trail and very little traffic from other hikers or bikers (went in the middle of the week).

hiking
10 months ago

Nicely manicured trail that’s easy to follow and is pretty gentle. Great views near the end and pretty cool even on a 90-100 degree day. Luckily I had god sent clouds to keep me cool.

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11 months ago

Beautiful views of Mt. Adams and Rainier at the top near the Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower. Wild lupine and other wildflowers everywhere! great little hike, not too challenging.

hiking
11 months ago

It is also a mountain bike trail, but we only encountered two. It is a great hike with forest, vistas, flowers, well maintained, river, bridge, meadows, and a look out tower.

Mon May 13 2019

This trail was a nice walk through some beautiful areas. The path is well taken care of, clean and makes for easy going. Seeing the lookout tower on top of the hill was a nice little surprise, I wasn't expecting that. I only saw 2 other hikers which made it a nice quiet hike.

Mon Aug 13 2018

Not a bad little workout. Unfortunately barely any scenery and no waterfalls. Other downer is that you’re constantly dodging mountain bikers...and I mean CONSTANTLY!! The mountain road to the trailhead is tons of fun if you have a sports car tho

hiking
Tue Jul 10 2018

Great hike! We chose the easier way to the left. We logged 8.7 miles with this app. It took us right around 3 hours. The only off trail spur we went on was the one to lookout tower. That couldn’t have been more that a half mile. Next time we will try the more difficult way to the right. So beautiful!

walking
Wed Jul 04 2018

Easy to follow trail. There was one point my group almost got sidetracked but we then found the signs and were on our way. Nicely maintained and easy. Good for beginners and cyclists.

running
Sun Jun 24 2018

Beautiful views in all directions as you get to the top of this trail. Tons of wild flowers in season. The forest is open with lots of light. It’s my favorite type of forest to run through. At the top of Five Mile Butte you can glimpse Mt. Adams from the fire lookout. You can also connect this with Knebel Springs trail for a longer, more challenging run/hike.

hiking
Tue May 30 2017

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.

Thu May 18 2017

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.

hiking
Tue Apr 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.

Wed Aug 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.

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