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.
Climbers use it to connect to the uncrowded climbing areas of Staender Ridge and The Marsupials. 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.
See the gallery for a look at the terrain along the way and the TIPs below for Burma Road junction options.
TIP: CHECK OUT THE RIVER GORGE
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.
TIP: DO THE SUMMIT TRAIL LOOP
Want to extend your hike and see great views of the Monument area, the Cascade Mountain range, the Crooked River and more? You've done the hard part. It's all downhill from here as you descend the Summit Trail and then connect to the River Trail back to the bridge.
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CLICK ON ELEVATION GRAPH TO ENLARGE