Deschutes River Trail Backpack

  • January 5, 2013 · 7:00 AM

Planning meeting next Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 @ 5:00pm

Where: Momo Bar Maximo
725 SW 10th ave, Portland, OR 97205
(503)[masked]

IF YOUR GOING ON THE TRIP, PLEASE ATTEND THE MEETING SO WE ALL KNOW WHO IS GOING TO BE THERE AND CAN PLAN FOR TRANSPORTATION AND THE ITINERARY.

Lets hike the Deschutes River Trail east of The Dalles. The whole trip is about 23 miles from the Deschutes River Recreation Area near the mouth of the river to Macks Canyon Camp. There are many boat in campsites we could use. There is a BLM mapset here. Click on "The River" at the top and then it's maps 8, 9, 10.

BLM requires a firepan or fire blanket at rock ring campsites.

We could start at either end, but a rough itinerary could be:

Saturday leave Portland approx. 7am and drop off a shuttle car @ the Recreation Area. Drive to Maupin, then Mack's Canyon and start the hike approximately noon.

Camp near the Railroad Car on this field guide entry:

Sunday hike to the water tower or beyond and

Monday finish at Deschutes River Recreation Area and shuttle back to our vehicles and then post hike brews/pizza at Double Mountain in Hood River, perhaps?

There is no parking fee or pass required at Mack's Canyon, but there is a $5/day fee at Deschutes River Rec. Area.

Total mileage is approx 23 miles and approx elevation gain is 750 ft.

Hope everyone is down for this awesome weekend! Lets hope the weather is great! The BLM guy told me that in the winter this area is the best weather in the state at any given time!

 

 

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  • Claudio

    Pictures!

    January 8, 2013

    • Matt T

      Good things come to those who wait...

      1 · January 8, 2013

  • Matt T

    Fun weekend out...the weather cooperated, good group of people to hike with, lots of deer and bighorn sheep sightings, & beautiful scenery. Thanks, Jeremiah, for making it happen!

    3 · January 7, 2013

    • Jeffrey J.

      Sounds good, wish I could have made it.

      January 7, 2013

  • Duncan

    Guys I was so sad to wake up with a body flu-like bug this morning and not attend. Will be thinking of you out here, hope you have a blast and hope to join you on the next adventure!

    January 5, 2013

    • B.G

      Ducan, I hate those flu bugs, anyways you an meet me anytime this week to return the tent. Get well soon. After doing Ape ape yesterday and how much work it was I regret I could have handled this hike with my troubled knew..well sometime again :-/

      January 6, 2013

  • B.G

    Guys, I signed out since my knee has started to hurt again. I can meet with you guys to give Duncan the tent and Matt the stove, let me know if anyone of you can meet me and get them.

    January 3, 2013

    • Matt T

      They're dropping like flies! I've just bought new winter boots and sleeping bag, so I'm pretty excited for this outing. I won't be dropping out! Looks like we might even get a light dusting of snow on Sunday, which would be great...

      January 4, 2013

    • B.G

      LOL. I'd love to go but don't want to jeopardize my 3 day snow camping trip in 2 weeks, I'm talking to my PT today to see what really is wrong with. BTW what kind of boot and bag did you buy.

      January 4, 2013

  • B.G

    Also in the field guide it says " At mile 4.4 from the trailhead, where the "path" climbs out of the last trestle canyon, there is a solar panel, antenna, and some sort of electronic equipment. This point is the farthest that motor vehicles and bicycles can get from the other end at Deschutes State Park, but there aren't many because it's so far away. Motor vehicles are limited to official vehicles only"

    If the motor accessible road ends 4.4 miles from the Mack Canyon trail head, how are we going to do car shuttle. Is there another road connecting Mach Canyon and Lower Deschutes trail head.

    January 2, 2013

    • jeremiah

      Yea, i think the road youre referencing is the railroad bed itself, which is gated but driveable from deschutes state park to that trestle canyon. We are starting from the other side, from macks canyon which is a foot path only for 4.4 miles from the campground to the same trestle canyon.

      January 2, 2013

    • B.G

      So how are we splitting the car, I understand you ill be camping out in the Lower Trail head campground on Friday night. Since nobody is riding with me, i will leave at 6:30 AM and will join you at the Lower Deschutes campground @ 10:30-11AM. I hope we will be able to return back to Portland by 5PM.

      January 3, 2013

  • B.G

    Did Duncan drop-off the trip?
    Sherry: I think you were missing in yesterday's pre-trip meeting, did you sign-up today for this trip?

    January 2, 2013

    • jeremiah

      I still see him (duncan) in the "going" column.

      January 2, 2013

    • B.G

      Oh I noticed he signed up last evening.

      January 3, 2013

  • Matt T

    FYI, I checked the BLM road data and it codes the road to Macks Canyon as 'suitable for passenger car travel', so weather permitting we should be OK.

    1 · January 2, 2013

  • Jeffrey J.

    Wish I could go but am working at both Mt Bachelor and REI that weekend. Glad you guys decided to go down by the Columbia as it is cold up here in Bend!!

    January 1, 2013

  • johnny

    I'm a solid "maybe" just fyi. I won't know if I can get Monday off until last minute. Hi, Matt! Glad to see you're coming.

    December 27, 2012

    • jeremiah

      Hope you both can make it, looking forward to meeting you.

      December 27, 2012

    • johnny

      Igot the 8th off so I'm a solid yes!

      2 · December 28, 2012

  • jeremiah

    December 27, 2012

  • Ed H.

    All, I can't do a day off work and Jan 5th is a little too soon after several busy holiday weekends for me. I hope you have a good time next week.

    I would like to do a similar, one night trip (out and back from the north) later in the winter (maybe February?). Any interest from others? It seems to me the Deschutes area is the place to go in winter. Close enough to Portland for a weekend and likely will be dry.

    December 27, 2012

    • jeremiah

      Sorry you cant join us Ed, but that trip from the North is gonna be our backup in case of weather!

      December 27, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Claudio did this trip in the Spring a couple years ago. Here is a link to his GPS tracks and photos from his blog.

    It would probably be a good idea for you mapper planner types (like me) to review it and we can have a few ideas for camp spots.

    http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=https://sites.google.com/site/misrecorridos/home/kml-files/Deschutes.kml&t=t4

    December 27, 2012

  • Matt T

    I know we'll go over everything on Tues, but should we expect snow cover, but not enough to bother with snowshoes? Also, I have a 3-season tent (with rain cover)...should I be looking into a 4-season tent for this outing? Just don't want to wait til the last minute to get everything I'll need...

    1 · December 27, 2012

    • B.G

      I will try to answer few of your questions. I see the weather prediction at The Dalles is partly coludy for next 10 days with 20% chance of rain and no snow foretasted. I camped in the Mt.Hood area few weeks ago and my season tent did pretty well and took 6-7 inches of snow with ease and only required me to clear the snow couple of times once before the bed time and once taking a toilet break in the night. I will be carrying a 3 season tent. Don't think snowshoes are necessary may be microspikes will be useful just in case the rocks are dry and icy. But a good sleeping pad and sleeping bag rated to below freezing is an absolute must.

      December 27, 2012

    • jeremiah

      Matt, i dont think snowshoes will be necessary (i hope). If we do get significant snowfall, we may alter the start point or distance of the hike to avoid hiking/camping in snow. The low temps are currently in the teens out there, so as Bhaskar says, bring appropriate winter gear.

      December 27, 2012

  • Denise

    I'm considering this trip, (need to check on mon off) would it be ok if I attend the pre-planning?

    1 · December 27, 2012

    • jeremiah

      yes, please come

      December 27, 2012

  • jeremiah

    This is a winter hike, please prepare accordingly. There are some good tips here:
    http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/winter-camping.html

    December 27, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Hey all, Planning meeting next Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 @ 5:00pm

    Where: Momo Bar Maximo
    725 SW 10th ave, Portland, OR 97205
    (503)[masked] We'll meet, discuss the trip, layout the plans for transportation, etc. If you are interested in coming on this trip, please come to the planning meeting. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    December 25, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Lucky Lab is closed New Years Day. Would someone like to suggest a location that is available that day for our meeting?

    December 22, 2012

    • Megan S.

      All McMenamins are open on New Year's Day. I'm not sure where everyone is coming from (I'm out in Washougal), but maybe the Kennedy School would be a somewhat central location? Thoughts?

      1 · December 22, 2012

    • B.G

      Kennedy School is fine with me.

      1 · December 24, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Hey all,

    I like the idea of a pre-trip planning meeting. We can meet and collectively plan the trip together so everyone can give ideas and input. We can look at maps, make lists, plan our camp, etc, as well as meet each other and know who well be camping with! I know the holidays are coming up, so let try to do it sooner rather than later. How about a happy hour somewhere downtown this week, maybe Thursday or Friday, or early next week?

    December 18, 2012

    • jeremiah

      Good call Bhaskar. We will have to come up with another meetup location. Lets try to have a pretrip meeting on New Years Day? Anyone opposed to this?

      December 19, 2012

    • Megan S.

      Other than on the 24th, 25th, and 26th my schedule is wide open for a planning meeting.

      December 20, 2012

  • Zachary

    You can get away with leaving your cars at Gateway overnight, but more than that is asking for trouble.

    December 19, 2012

  • jeremiah­ changed the location from TBA to TBD

    December 19, 2012

  • jeremiah­ changed the location from Gateway Transit Center to TBA

    December 19, 2012

  • Denise

    We went in little over 10 miles to Fall Canyon Camp, there was a pit toilet. Then we just day hiked another almost 2miles to the old Harris Homestead. Easy hiking a lot on the road(old rail tracks) There were other sites before that. We did not do a shuttle, just an out & back

    December 17, 2012

  • jeremiah

    How would Jan 5, 6th work?

    December 16, 2012

    • Megan S.

      I have both backpacked and day-hiked the first 5.5 miles heading south from the state park at the Deschutes/Columbia confluence. This trail follows an old railroad bed and is flat and well-graded. My understanding is that one can walk approximately 20 miles along the Deschutes to an exit point at Macks Canyon. There are several campsites with pit toilets along the route, although I wouldn't be surprised if the toilets are locked-up for the winter. Info is here: http://www.portlandhi...­

      December 17, 2012

    • johnny

      Car shuttle?

      December 17, 2012

  • B.G

    Sounds good to me, can you please post some details on mileage, elevation gain etc.

    December 16, 2012

  • jeremiah­ changed the date and time to Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    December 16, 2012

  • jeremiah­ changed the location to Gateway Transit Center

    December 16, 2012

  • Denise

    Keep us posted on some details, I might have some vacation to burn.

    December 15, 2012

  • Zachary

    Interest? Yes! Ability to do so? No :(

    December 14, 2012

  • Jeffrey J.

    I would definitely be game, where are you thinking? RiverTrail upriver from Bend, other idea might be down in the Maupin area or above, could be a little warmer... maybe down by Shearer's Bridge?

    1 · December 13, 2012

    • jeremiah

      Jeffrey, im not real familiar with the area. My wife and I hiked a section from Dillon to Benham falls just South of town and it was great, but more of a dayhike. Any good overnight sections North of town?

      December 13, 2012

    • jeremiah

      Im thinking maybe 5-7 miles/day

      December 13, 2012

  • B.G

    I'm interested in 2-3 nights trip.

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Just gauging interest in a potential winter hike/camp near Bend next month

    1 · December 12, 2012

    • Ed H.

      I'm up for an overnight backpack there in Jan or Feb.

      1 · December 12, 2012

    • Matt T

      as long as it's not the last half of Jan, sounds very tempting!

      1 · December 13, 2012

  • Jeffrey J.

    Bend would be real close for me because I live here,,, as they say, "TOO BAD"

    1 · December 13, 2012

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