- Your Public Lands
The trail system is located on private land owned by Echo West Vineyard and Sno Road Winery.
- What To Do
- Hiking/ Biking
The property owners allow hikers and mountain bikers to use existing trails on the property. A map at the parking area shows the named loops, and the trails are well marked throughout. You can see the trails on the adjacent hillside quite well, so it is easy to scout your adventure. Be sure to check out Echo's Red 2 Red XC mountain bike race typically held at the beginning of the year. The proceeds go to the Echo Hills Trail Builders for maintenance of the trails. We will keep you posted on our Events page.
- How To Get There
Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained. Take HWY 11 to Pendleton, Oregon and follow signs to HWY 84. Take HWY 84 West to Echo, OR and take exit 193. Make a left turn to cross over the highway and continue on Echo Road for about four miles. Echo Road becomes Gerome Street before the intersection of South Thielsen Street. Take a right on Thielsen Street. Drive less than a quarter mile and take a left onto West Main Street. West Main Street becomes Oregon Trail Road once you pass through downtown Echo. From Echo, travel one mile west on Oregon Trail Road, and then turn left onto Snow Road. Drive 1.5 miles along the gravel road and make a left onto another gravel road, which will take you passed a rock quarry before arriving at the trail area on your right. There are no road signs to speak of once you reach the gravel road, so do measure distance traveled.
- When To Go
Given its location west of the Blue Mountains, you could potentially ride this trail system year-round. Actually spring, fall, and winter might be better times because there is no shade and it heats up fast. Spring is a lovely time of year as there are many different wildflowers, the sagebrush is especially fragrant, and the pollinators are hard at work. Make sure to wear sunscreen, and bring plenty of fluids.
- What To Expect
Several miles of quality single track trails woven through Alkaii Canyon. The trails are mostly smooth and well maintained. There are more technical areas of rock to navigate but only in a few locations. There are a few areas where folks have expressed their artistic side, adding a bit of funk to the canyon. Bikers will enjoy moderate hill climbs and downhills. There are many trails to choose from, and even a boardwalk to challenge users. Even if you are new to the sport, this is a great place to practice.
None (Maybe a bottle of wine or two in Echo)
No pets to respect the wishes of the property owners.
No facilities located on the property. Downtown Echo, Oregon is the closest restroom.
- Wildlife Awareness
We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.
- Field Notes
Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.
Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.
Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.