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Sumpter Valley Interpretive Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Trail map (Cheryl Hill)
Railroad tracks along the trail (Cheryl Hill)

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The Sumpter Valley Railway was established in 1890 and when completed it stretched between Prairie City and Baker City. Trains transported feed, seed, equipment, and logs over the mountains. But better roads resulted in a decline in rail traffic and the last run occurred in 1947. A tourist train operates on a six-mile segment of the line between McEwan Depot and Sumpter Station, but here at Dixie Summit you can hike on a portion of old rail bed and learn about the history of the railroad, as well as the switchback system needed to get trains down the steep grade.

The trail heads through the trees, winding gently down the slope through a recent burn. At the bottom are railroad tracks and several interpretive signs explaining the history of the railroad and the Dixie Switchback. Make a left and follow the trail as it passes a piece of a railroad equipment and more signs before it loops back to rejoin the main trail. Return the way you came.


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