I last rode the Lower Deschutes River Trail with Dean back in October of 2016. I wanted to head back and check it out because of the huge wildfire out there this summer. Based on other pictures that I had seen online the old railroad cars and farmhouse were completely destroyed which is a HUGE bummer.
There were lots of scorched areas and metal poles from livestock fencing that were obviously burned. Lots of green too which is a good sign that life is coming back to the area quickly.
The next thing to check out was the old farm house. I had seen pictures in 2017 and 2018 that showed a substantial slant to the house compared to when Dean and I ventured out there. I think it may have even partially collapsed before the fire wiped it all out.
I’m really glad that I got to see these things back in 2016. It was a rather neat way to take a step back in time. It’s gone now and I don’t know what the State is going to do. I kind of hope they put up some sort of informational kiosk or something. It’s a shame to see it all gone.
I hope none of the little critters that I saw suffered during the fire. I can imagine they were all running west towards the river and away from the fire and got caught behind the barb wire fencing or succumbed to smoke.
I did end up seeing some bighorn sheep on the ride back to the parking lot. They just all stood there and stared at me while I took some pictures and a video.
So while some of the more peculiar sights along the trail are now gone, it’s still not a bad ride. Especially when the weather is crap back in PDX metro! It was apparently foggy and socked in all day back home while I had the chance to ride 37 miles in the sunshine. Not going to argue with that.
Thanks for reading,