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town guide:

sumpter, Oregon

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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town information

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

Population: 181

Getting there from the trail: The trail goes right through town.

map of Sumpter with town amenities

town amenities

Post Office

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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Groceries

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


 

Sumpter Nugget

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

Lodging

 

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

Rates: $95+/night

 

Sumpter Stockade Motel

Most rooms have WiFi, cable TV, microwave, and refrigerator. Website: https://sumpterstockade.com/

Address and Phone Number: 129 Austin St, Sumpter, OR 97877  541-894-2360

Rates: $40-$100/night

 

Sumpter Bed and Breakfast

Website: http://sumpterbnb.com/

Address and Phone Number: 344 N Columbia St, Sumpter, OR 97877  541-894-0048

Rates: $95-$110/night

Camping

 

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

Laundry is available at the Gold Rush RV Park. Info above.

Showers

Showers are available for $5 at the Gold Rush RV Park. Info above.

ATM

ATMs are located at The Gold Post and the Sumpter Nugget. Info above.

Library

Sumpter Public Library

Website: https://sagelib.org/member/baker-county-library-district-sumpter-branch

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

Cell Service
  • Verizon

  • T-Mobile

  • AT&T

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.

Other Services

Sumpter Nugget Dispensary

Website: http://www.nuggetdispensary.com/

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

Area Attractions​

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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