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East Fork Trail Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Old growth along the trail (kaltbluter)
The second footbridge (looking west) (kaltbluter)
Potential campsite a little East of the second footbridge (kaltbluter)
Potential campsite about 4 miles from lower trailhead (kaltbluter)
Map (kaltbluter)
  • Start point: East Fork Lower TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: East Fork Lower Trailhead
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Out and Back (or loop with return trip on gravel road)
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1700 feet
  • High Point: 3,340 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Spring-Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: No



Shortly after starting this hike at East Fork Lower Trailhead the trail crosses East Fork on a sturdy footbridge and enters the Three Sisters Wildernes Area .

The trail follows East Fork upstream through old growth coniferous forest.

At about 1.8 miles a second footbridge crosses from the South side of East Fork to the North side.

Near the center of the trail, about 3 miles from East Fork Lower Trailhead, there is a section where the path becomes less destinct as moss and Oregon Grape begins encroaching on the trail.

Shortly after the 5 mile marker the trail turns North, away from East Fork and ends on Forest Road 1993 at East Fork Upper Trailhead.

The return trip to East Fork Lower Trailhead can be made on either trail #3308 or Forest Road 1993.

Along most of this trail the forest floor is uneven and densely covered with forest debris making ideal tent sites scarce.

There are a handful of sections with minor falling danger, small children may need special attention.

Other Notes

  • This hike can be done as an 11 mile out-and-back or a 5.5 mile shuttle.
  • For the shuttle option park an extra car or drop off bikes at East Fork Upper Trailhead.
  • Forest Road 19 is not maintained for snow, check with McKenzie River Ranger Station (541-822-3381) if traveling in winter.

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