Trail Run Project Logo

Trout Creek Trail

Easy
 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice run along the lower Deschutes River among beautiful cliffs.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

95%

Runnable

1,751' 534 m

High

1,308' 399 m

Low

497' 151 m

Up

497' 151 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Trails up to the climbing walls are closed to protect bald eagle nests from January through August (check BLM website for exact closure dates).

Overview

The run starts at the Trout Creek Campground and continues west along the Deschutes River on an old gravel road. This section of the Deschutes River flows between high cliffs, some of columnar basalt. There plenty of places to relax beside the river, enjoy the view and keep an eye out for waterfowl, eagles, osprey, deer, coyotes and possibly more. In winter it provides a secluded place to run, in summer fishing is quite popular.

Description

The trailhead is at the Trout Creek BLM campground, approximately 16 miles north of Madras, OR. The road is paved the first 13 1/2 miles and a good all-weather gravel road continues the rest of the way. The trailhead is at the far western end of the campground. You'll see a "Day Use Area" sign and a parking lot behind it (day use is free).

The run starts at the Trout Creek Campground and continues west along the Deschutes River on an old gravel road (no motor vehicles allowed). Bicycles are allowed on the roadbed. There are a couple of pit toilets along the way and you can continue along the roadbed all the way to Mecca Flat Campground.

There are at least three side trails which branch off from the roadbed and climb up the steep canyon walls. To protect nesting bald eagles, these trails are closed off from January through August, but check the BLM website for exact dates. There are no official signposts indicating these trails but they are relatively well traveled. You'll know if you are on a correct side trail if you go 100-200 ft and then encounter a sign which will announce whether the area is open or closed.

Flora & Fauna

Eagles, osprey, many different hawks and waterfowl, coyotes, deer. Flowers in spring.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris S

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#1

in Warm Springs

#4698

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#1

in Warm Springs

#152

in Oregon

#4,698

Overall
14 Views Last Month
15 Since Mar 27, 2021
Easy

100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Trout Creek trail showing columnar basalt cliff. (01-10-2019)
Mar 27, 2021 near Warm Sp…, OR
Bald eagle perched in tree along Deschutes River (01-10-2019).
Mar 27, 2021 near Warm Sp…, OR
Osprey in nest on island in Deschutes River (03-26-2021)
Mar 27, 2021 near Warm Sp…, OR
Deschutes River as it flows through Trout Creek Recreation Area (11-07-2017)
Mar 28, 2021 near Warm Sp…, OR
Coyote trying to lead me away from her den (I had no idea where it was). (03-26-2021)
Mar 27, 2021 near Warm Sp…, OR

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none