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Beautiful trail, today it was a quiet and peaceful day, almost no other people arround. We only met some fishermen, and a bunch of teenagers enjoying nature within their tents.


So fun - quite muddy in January - but still fun.

Beautiful views and a good workout, especially if you take the path on your right after walking past the map.

6 months ago

First few miles are paved and lined with trailer parks or highways with frequent homeless dodging in and out of the pathway.

8 months ago

Went up the river trail about 2 miles, then took a steep trail up to the Middle Trail, and followed that about another mile. Came back all the way on the Middle Trail. Saw several bikers up on the bike road above me. Views North and South of Deschutes River quite nice. Always windy. Flowers near gone, but blackberries abound!!

trail running
8 months ago

Lots of asphalt, broken and intact. It was nice to run a local trail that isn't filled with lots of hills and elevation.

Parking can be tricky depending on what trailhead you start at.

I haven't been on this trail in sometime because of how dangerous it can be. Go to 1000 acres in troutdale instead

Decent trail. Not much wildlife

road biking
9 months ago

Great place to ride around with your bike. My only complaint is the traffic it gets.

We enjoyed a nice walk there. There were no other people around.

9 months ago


We own Dingman Farm to the south of the CZ between Deane Drive and Pioneer. As you walk through our place, you will hear our chickens clucking and turkeys gobbling. You will also be greeted by our dogs who love to have visitors, they're noisy but friendly. So say hi, be nice and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful Columbia County Park Trail.

The Dingmans

Nice beautiful easy walk

love this areA

I recorded the one-way hike from the gated road at the parking lot. I tried going the boardwalk way first, but encountered high water. Really nice walk! I think I had the whole refuge to myself this afternoon!

10 months ago

Love this trail! One of my dogs favs! Following the river trail is the best in my opinion. When my husband comes along he always has his fishing pole to throw in a line while the dog and I mosey on down the trail. Also is never too crowed, and when you do pass people they are always the friendliest! I try and take the dog to this one at least once a week!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mostly car free. Mostly flat. Mostly paved. Scenic in some places.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Started along the river and cut up to the higher trail to make a nice loop with some great views. I would have gone out even farther if I didn't get such a late start.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Went on the CZ trail today from hwy 30 to the water. It was open and didn't have too much poop on the path (some animal scar but not crazy)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trail is a mixture of runners, people with dogs, and mountain bikers. It's a dirt trail that is mostly flat. Walking along the river was really pretty but to/from was just okay. Keep track of which paths you've taken because it isn't marked at all. Overall pretty, close to Bend, and very dog friendly!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

This is an appealing "out of the way" small wildlife refuge in a bend of the Willamette River. Only 2.5 flat miles out and back but offering peaceful scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and just a nice, short, enjoyable outing. Peoria road is close by and road noise will sometimes interfere with what is otherwise a rather intimate setting.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Great hike. Looking forward to biking this next time.

road biking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dangerous , lots of homeless camped all along the road side. Avoid the Portland portion

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Nice central Oregon hike, great for your mountain bike ride.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

This is a pretty walk...especially in the Powell Butte area but it gets kind of crowded. Best to go on a weekday. It's beautiful on a nice, sunny day with a breeze blowing through your hair.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Always a nice walk or bicycle ride not bad rollerblading on parts of it A bunch of offshoot trails to swamps streams and ponds also can enjoy Powell butte

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This is one of my favorite hikes simply because it includes some great fishing. And its just amazing scenery.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If someone had told us last year that we would be attempting an overnight backpack adventure in January, I would have laughed hysterically. It usually pours rain in January, which makes for less than ideal camping conditions. But this has been a warm and dry winter so far so we decided to take advantage of that and do an early season overnight on the Lower Deschutes.

We had planned to camp at the same place we camped at last year with our friend David (about 3.5 miles in from the trailhead). But it was a gorgeous day and last year, we had visited an abandoned boxcar at around mile 6 and decided on the spur of the moment to camp near it instead.

Rivière des Chutes, the name given to the river by 19th-century fur traders, means 'River of the Falls.' It is perfectly named, as we saw many rapids along its length and its sound lulled us to sleep. The views of the Deschutes River Canyon, especially when the sky is covered with stars during a waxing moon phase, made every little ache, pain and worry worth the trip. The trains go by every couple of hours, which can sound rather loud, but we were miles from anyone and completely alone. It was very awe-inspiring.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beautiful hike, and great fishing. Don't forget your tackle.

trail running
Friday, January 09, 2015

I like the trail from Boring to Gresham, it's pretty and it's populated with walkers, runners, bikers, etc. Its paved, I run on it. Further west on the trail, nearer to Gresham it gets dirtier and you run into more of the street element that a lot of people don't like, all in all it's a great running trail (bear in mind all paved).

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