The following town guide to Sumpter, Oregon was written during the COVID-19 pandemic. Business hours are likely to change in the future as the pandemic abates.
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Sumpter became a mining boomtown in the late 1890s. Its population peaked at over 2,000 in the early 1900s. Today, Sumpter’s population is under 200 and the economy relies heavily on tourism.
Sumpter’s mining history is still evident. You can visit the historic Sumpter Dredge; there is a mining museum, and there are piles of gravel along the nearby creeks, remnants of the previous dredging activities.
Sumpter has restaurants, lodging, and two small markets, but is a limited-service town. We recommend that thru-hikers consider mailing a resupply box to the post office because the markets do not provide enough food options for a full resupply.
Elevation: 4,429 feet
Getting there from the trail: The trail goes right through town.
map of Sumpter with town amenities
Address and Phone Number: 321 SE Austin St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2323
Hours: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm; 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Saturday, and closed Sunday
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The Gold Post
The Gold Post is a small mini-market with chips, soda, beer, bars, and some other snack items. It would be very difficult to fully resupply from the market. Website: https://www.facebook.com/sumptergoldpost/
Address and Phone Number: 150 N. Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2362
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday
The Stage Stop
The Stage Stop is a gas station and mini-market. The market has chips, soda, beer, bars, and some other snack items. It would be very difficult to fully resupply from the market. Website: https://www.facebook.com/stagestopstation/
Address and Phone Number: 120 Sumpter Hwy, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2304
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday)
Cafes and Restaurants
Elkhorn Saloon and Restaurant
Elkhorn Saloon serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have great burgers. Website: https://www.facebook.com/elkhornsaloon/
Address and Phone Number: 180 N Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2244
Hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 am and 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday and Thursday, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:00 am – 11:00 am and 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and closed Monday
Carole’s Mad Dog Restaurant and Saloon
Carole’s has good pizza and other tavern fare. Website: https://www.facebook.com/carolesmaddog/
Address and Phone Number: 175 Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2480
Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday and Monday, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and closed Tuesday and Wednesday
The Sumpter Nugget is a coffee shop and cafe with a full breakfast and lunch menu. Website: http://nuggetcafe.com/
Address and Phone Number: 160 N Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2400
Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 7 days a week
The Depot Inn
The Depot Inn has 14 rooms with WiFi, cable TV, refrigerators. Website: http://thedepotinn.com/
Address and Phone Number: 179 S Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2522
Sumpter Stockade Motel
Most rooms have WiFi, cable TV, microwave, and refrigerator. Website:
Address and Phone Number: 129 Austin St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2360
Sumpter Bed and Breakfast
Address and Phone Number: 344 N Columbia St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-0048
Gold Rush RV Park
You can call ahead for a reservation.
Address and Phone Number: 810 New St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-510-2090
Rates: $15/Tent site, $27/Power only, $35/Full hook up, $5/Shower, and $2 Wash/$2 Dry laundry
Laundry is available at the Gold Rush RV Park. Info above.
Showers are available for $5 at the Gold Rush RV Park. Info above.
ATMs are located at The Gold Post and the Sumpter Nugget. Info above.
Sumpter Public Library
Address and Phone Number: 245 S Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2253
Hours: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Thursday – Saturday, and closed on Sunday – Tuesday
Public Transit and Shuttles
Grant County People Mover
The People mover provides bus service between Baker City, John Day, Austin Junction, and Sumpter on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Connecting service from John Day to Bend is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Website: https://grantcountypeoplemover.com/
Phone Number: 541-575-2370
The Elkhorn Taxi
Taxi service in Baker City provides rides to/from Sumpter and Anthony Lakes. They recommend you schedule the ride at least 24 hours in advance.
Phone Number: 541-519-6196
John Day Taxi
The John Day Taxi will provide rides anywhere throughout the region.schedules and fares.
Phone Number: 541-620-4255
Nearest Full-Service City
Baker City is 29 miles east on OR-7. Accessible via the Grant County People Mover or Elkhorn Taxi.
Sumpter Nugget Dispensary
Address and Phone Number: 160 N Mill St Ste 102, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-894-2939
Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, and 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday
The Coughing Pot Dispensary
Address and Phone Number: 363a S Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877 541-324-7605
Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm 7 days a week
Sumpter Valley Dredge Historic Area
There is a well-preserved dredge that operated from 1935-1954 and other mining equipment attesting to the gold mining history of the area. It is now an Oregon State Park. Website: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=174
Address and Phone Number: Austin Street, Sumpter, OR 97877 800-551-6949
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