Like its namesake, the Burma Road Trail was named for its steepness and rough terrain.
Completed in 1945, it was built to service the irrigation canal and tunnel that are still in operation today.
It’s also key for mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and horseback riders to reach the BLM trails into Sherwood Canyon and Gray Butte. As well as for those on the Summit Trail loop going back into the park.
Take a right after the bridge onto the Wolf Tree Trail around the river’s edge until you reach a junction.
Then hang a left for on a steep scree trail in the park until you connect to the irrigation road on BLM land for the final grunt back into park property.
The 3600 foot summit rewards you with great views in every direction. You almost forget the push you gave your body to get there on this highway of scree.
Junction options: Want to check out the Gorge area? Various trails break off to the right and straight. Climbing at the Student Wall? Make the hard right to get to the base.
Want to walk along the rim? Take the next right.