Deschutes River State Recreation Area


Bikepack - Deschutes River State Recreation Area

An out and back overnight bike ride on the scenic Deschutes River old railbed trail from Deschutes River State Recreation area near the mouth of the Deschutes onto the Columbia River.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 39.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 540 ft
  • Pace: 10 mi/h

We will meet at the  Deschutes River State Recreation Area at 10 AM.  Ready to ride at 10:30 AM.

Leaders will camp there the night before. If you wish to do this also, you can reserve a campsite at

Either way, there is a fee for overnight parking.

We will ride on the Old Railroad Red Trail to Mack Canyon BLM campground, ~24 miles one-way with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. We will either camp at  Mack Canyon BLM campground  or turn around and camp at one of the more primitive campsites we encountered along the way. Return on Sunday back to the trailhead at Deschutes River State Rec Area. 

Check BLM Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River Maps 8, 9, and 10 that cover this ride.


Deschutes River State Recreation Area

  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge East No. 432S

    BLM Prineville District: Lower Deschutes and John Day Rivers

    see Land Manager
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Mountain bike or gravel bike in good working order with bikepacking kit

Bike shoes, helmet.

Tools and spares for any repairs in the field.

Overnight bikepacking gear, food, water filtration method.

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