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| March 2022 — Deschutes River Weekend
One of the places I have been wanting to visit is the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. The river winds its way from high up in the Cascade Mountains through the high desert of Central Oregon to the Columbia River. My goal for the trip was to camp at the farthest northerly BLM campground that can be driven to at Macks Canyon.
Deschutes River — Photo Galley
Along the way I stopped at White River Falls. This being March the falls were roaring. The falls drops 75 feet and is 250 foot wide making for an impressive falls. A bit further down river and 160 feet lower is the old power generating station located just above the Lower White River Falls. There is a hiking trail that leads from the upper falls to the lower falls.
White River Falls — Photo Galley
The campground is the start (or end) of the Deschutes River Trail. The trail is along the old Harriman Railroad grade as it follows the river canyon 25 river miles to the Deschutes River State Park on the Columbia River. While the railroad grade makes for easy hiking there are no trestles across the six side canyons at the south end of the trail requiring a steep hike down and then back up.
Deschutes River Trail — Photo Galley
The peace and solitude of the campground was only broken by the occasional freight train rumbling by on the west side of the river canyon.