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June 24, 2015

Cove Palisades State Park, OR

We ended up driving a bit further than planned, settling at the Crooked Creek Campground within the Cove Palisades State Park – just north of Bend OR just before sunset.  The view of Mt Jefferson from site E47 was just as awesome in the morning as the previous sunset.
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Checkout time was 1PM giving time to unload the scooter and tackle the Tam-a-lau Trail from the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area.  Crooked Creek forms a waterfall just at the entrance to our campground with a nice long cascade 600’ to the Deschutes River below.

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The trailhead is at Loop B of the Deschutes Campground across the bridge.  But parking for hikers is in the day use area a half mile farther on.

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The trail is called ‘an experience of a lifetime’.  Sure enough that first mile is a real killer!  It starts out easy enough on a paved walkway, then quickly turns to single track with steps up the steeper inclines. 

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The arrow points to where the scooter is parked.  It’s just a speck and that’s only half way up.
Crooked Creek is W/E only but has a dump station with a view!
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