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We started at Hat Rock. It's a straight, wide gravel path. Good for jogging, horses, walking. Really nice views of the river. Also there's no shade and it can get very hot, so bring water.

I loved hiking this trail. it is scarred by the Substation fire, but it was very interesting and very do-able. My chihuahua and I went 8 miles total. The trail we chose was on an old rail bed which made the route out easy with not much elevation difference. The fire really changed the way this trail looks...but I found it very interesting. Take water and snacks...watch for rattlesnakes. There are composting toilets available along the trail. The river is beautiful and very inviting this time of year. We returned via the trail that follows right near the river. As for the trail, I recommend the Deschutes Canyon trail.

I've hiked a few sections of this trail, specifically, all the way from Scaponia Park to Vernonia. This trail follows along the Scappoose Vernonia Highway, but does not CURRENTLY end where the description here says. It actually ends at the end of Knott Street in Vernonia behind an unmarked gate. I have a recording that shows the map. If you begin in Pittsburg, you will be met with signs from Weyerhauser warning you NO TRESPASSING. All in all, a nice getaway from the city, but you certainly won't meet many folks on the western portion of this trail.

trail running
23 days ago

this is a great trail for biking, running or walking (not really a hike). it is an trail that used to be a rail road carrying logs from Vernonia, Or to the river in Scappoose, Or. Miles 0-3 (hwy 30) are all paved wide path. the views of the mountains and farm land is gorgeous! there is a quarter mile section that boarders a mobile home park but it's really not bad. I run this trail 4 days a week and am completely safe. there is not a homeless population out here like another reviewer suggested. miles 3-17 climb into the hills and it is gorgeous! mostly all shadded makes it an ideal place to run in the heat of the summer. it is mostly gravel during these miles with some patches of pavement.

I walk/hike this quite often. I prefer the Boring Trail Head to Gresham area. Once you get past Gresham, heading towards Portland, there is a severe homeless problem that needs to be addressed. Be prepared to dodge bikers, as it's a very popular route. If you want a less traveled trail, you can get on the Cazadero Trail heading south from Boring. It's about 6 miles round trip. More secluded as you travel farther in the Deep Creek canyon area.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We started at parking lot across from B&B market aprox milepost 4 Mountain biking . It starts as a gradual climb along a small creek and gets steeper towards mile marker 9 and on. We went to mile post 12 and is a nice downhill ride back. Aprox 2hrs roundtrip. There are other parking areas along the trail also.

Easy, peaceful, good for hiking, biking (wide tires), and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles.

backpacking
1 month ago

I did an out and back to mile 12 as a slow and easy backpacking trip. WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES!!! Came across a few rattlers and had some nerve racking experiences with em. Just keep and eye out and you will be fine. It’s just easy to get distracted by the beautiful rolling hills. One luxury is the amount of outhouses along the trail, and fully stocked. The ranch house at mile 12 has officially collapsed and is no longer standing. The rail car at around mile 5 or 6 is still in great condition (so let’s keep it that way!) Other than those few things the trail itself was a piece of cake, miles were easy with hardly any elevation. The heat is probably the only thing to slow you down, so start as early in the day as possible, and take breaks as needed, or go swimming!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Biked and my ass was sore for a week but great views the entire way. I'll hike along river trail next time and enjoy more shade.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice Bike ride from mile marker 4 to 13 on the trail.

walking
2 months ago

A local treat! I love this trail and the fact that not very many people know about it. I enjoy running/walking this trail after work or on the weekends.

Peaceful trail. Fairly flat but nice!

Ran from Sellwood along Milwaukie to connect to the trail. On a paved off-street path the whole time. Turned around at 5 miles for 10 miles round trip. Nice alternative to the Springwater!

Nice hike with dogs. Make sure you use the bathroom before you hike because people at marinas are not too friendly.

Good views but way to easy.....It's a walk in the wind though.

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.

grate

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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

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
Saturday, July 08, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Decent trail. Not much wildlife

road biking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Guests,

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nice beautiful easy walk

Saturday, April 29, 2017

love this areA

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

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!

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