- Elevation: 650 feet
- Distance: 6.9 miles
- States Park Pass required at trailhead
The Cove Palisades is a state park near Madras (and Smith Rock State Park) in central Oregon. It's a canyon formed by three rivers. We hiked here on our way home from Bend after hiking at Smith Rock the day before. This park is most utilized for it's water activities: boating, fishing, and skiing. We hiked the Tam-a-lau trail. It's a lava plateau that has views of Lake Billy Chinook and the Crooked River. The hike starts through a field of juniper and large boulders.
The trail climbs up the plateau in one shot. Once on top, walk around the loop trail and then back down the way you came. The hike features sagebrush, juniper and lizards. The description I looked up said there are views of the Three Sisters, it was too cloudy.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2012. I quickly identified myself as a hiker. I want to document my experiences so that I can refer to them for myself and others to provide the best hiking experience. I also hope to learn more about hiking from others comments and recommendations.