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Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail - No. 260

Contact Info
Prairie City, OR 97869

Phone:
541-820-3800
Basics
Length:
0.25 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
30 mins
Trailhead Elevation:
5250 feet
Elevation Range:
5250 feet to 5277 feet
Elevation Change:
27 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
April to November

Description

The trail overlooks the historic Dixie switchbacks used and abandoned by the Sumpter Valley Railway. The switchbacks were built to maintain acceptable grades into the John Day Valley. At 5277 feet, it was the highest point on the original Sumpter Valley Railway mainline. Interpretive signs along the route show history of the Sumpter Valley Railway and how it came to be built into Prairie City and why the route was abandoned.

Details

Length:
0.25 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
30 mins
Trailhead Elevation:
5250
Elevation Range:
5250 feet to 5277
Elevation Change:
27
Usage:
Light
Season:
April to November

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Prairie City, travel east on US Highway 26 about 8 miles. The interpretive site is located before Dixie Summit, on the right hand side of the road.


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