Clark Mill Road and Tygh Valley Road

Tygh Valley, Oregon (Wasco County)

Last Updated: 07/03/2022
4.3 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Highlight: Clark Mill Road and Tygh Valley Road
The combined trail of Clark Mill Road and Tygh Creek Road begins at the old two room schoolhouse in the community of Friend, Oregon in the middle of rolling fields of wheat and hay. Mount Hood looms on the horizon to the west where the mountain's snow-pack helps to provide water to the entire region. The trail passes through oak savanna and grasslands with big views to the south of Central Oregon before plunging into the beginning of the canyon that hides Jordan Creek. A hidden waterfall waits to be discovered at Waypoint 5 where an old mill once stood before the trail continues down along the rim of the canyon. Near where Jordan Creek and Tygh Creek meet, the trail plunges into the canyon where fallow farm fields are tucked away between gnarled old cottonwood trees. A shallow stream crossing just before the end of the trail at Waypoint 6 helps to wash the dirt off of tires before the Clark Mill Road and Tygh Creek Road trail comes to an end at the blacktop outside of Tygh Valley, Oregon.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead at Friend School (0 mi)
The Clark Mill Road and Tygh Creek Road trail starts at the old Friend School. The school was established in 1902 and continued to operate as a two room schoolhouse until 1942. In the 1970s, the community began holding yearly picnics at the former school and has maintained the building as a community center ever since. The people of Friend leave their beloved schoolhouse open to the public. Please treat the building and grounds with respect, and ensure that all of the doors are closed on the school and the outhouses before leaving. The chalkboards in the classrooms are open for chalk art and leaving messages to fellow travelers. An old piano begs to be played. The twin outhouses (his and hers) are very clean and well cared for. Please leave the outhouses better after a visit. This resource is provided by the community of Friend and their generosity.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Friend

The trail starts at the old schoolhouse in the community of Friend, Oregon. For those who are connecting Shell Rock Road to Clark Mill Road and Tygh Creek Road, continue on the well-maintained gravel of Shell Rock Road after the last waypoint on the trail. The hard right turn after about 1.5 miles marks the transition to Heberlen Road. Follow Heberlen Road to the community of Friend. At the T intersection with Friend Road, turn right toward the old school where the trail starts. Coming from US 197 from Dufur to the north, take the Dufur Gap Road to Kinsley. Turn right onto Hix Road for a short distance and then turn right onto Friend Road. Follow Friend Road to the Friend Schoolhouse where the Clark Mill Road and Tygh Creek Road starts. Coming from US 197 from Tygh Valley to the south, take the Dufur Gap Road and then turn left onto Kinsley Road. Follow Kinsley Road into the community of Kinsley. Turn right onto Hix Road through Kinsley and then turn left onto Friend Road. Follow Friend Road to the Friend Schoolhouse and the start of Clark Mill Road.

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Q: How do I get a map to a trail if I don't have GPX?
–Heather Jones (07/03/2018)
–Douglas Van Bossuyt (07/04/2018)

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Douglas Van Bossuyt

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Douglas grew up riding in the back of pickups in Oregon and California. He comes from a long line of overlanders and adventurers dating back to the Mayflower and the Oregon Trail. During a stint working in Colorado, Douglas fell in love with the offroad scene and immediately gravitated toward the Toyota crowd. His first 4x4 was a 1988 Toyota 4runner nicknamed Goldilocks. After a year of running many of the iconic trails throughout the front range in the fully stock Goldilocks running on bald tires, it was time for an upgrade. Goldilocks went off to a new home and the Albino Rhino came home. The Albino Rhino is a built 1986 Toyota 4runner ready for any adventure anywhere at any time. During the week, Douglas works on systems engineering and architecture problems in California. Douglas also enjoys backpacking -- especially in the central Sierras in California -- scuba diving along the Oregon and California coasts, and riding his motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway. Most weeknights you can find Douglas under his truck in the driveway performing maintenance or fixing the latest trail damage.
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