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Eastern Oregon Hikes

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide


Columbia River Area

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Deschutes River Hike Moderate 22.6 400 Hike along the Deschutes River, open to horses and bicycles
Ferry Springs Hike Moderate 4.4 560 Shorter hike to higher views of the Columbia and Deschutes
Deschutes River from Macks Canyon Hike Difficult 23.6 350 Rough trail along Deschutes River

Smith Rock Area

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Cove Palisades Area
Tam-a-láu Loop Hike Moderate 6.9 650 Hike up to and around the rim of a lava plateau with commanding views

Smith Rock State Park
Misery Ridge Loop Hike Moderate 3.8 1000 Steep climb over the ridge with stunning views

Crooked River Ranch Area
Scout Camp Trail Loop Hike Moderate 2.3 700 Steep hike into scenic Deschutes River Canyon
Otter Bench Loop Hike Moderate 9.2 1700 Long, mostly flat hike in high desert along Crooked River Canyon, with two short side trails descending steeply down the canyon
Steelhead Falls Hike Moderate 4.1 680 Hike down to the falls in Deschutes River Canyon
Alder Springs-Lower Whychus Creek Hike Moderate 7.2 910 Hike below weathered canyon walls to lush springs and the rushing Deschutes River

Bend Area

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Oregon Badlands Wilderness hikes Moderate Links to info & maps of high desert wilderness just East of Bend, to help you plan your own hike

Painted Hills Area

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Leaf Hill Loop Hike Easy 0.3 20 Short hike around a fossil filled knoll
Painted Cove Loop Hike Easy 0.2 40 Get up close and personal with a hill of clay
Painted Hills Overlook Hike Easy 1.0 140 Ridgetop stroll with views of the Painted Hills

Ochoco Mountains

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Mill Creek Wilderness area
Mill Creek Wilderness Loop Hike Difficult 26.9 3500 Small, little used wilderness in central Oregon, usually drier than western Oregon
Steins Pillar Hike Moderate 4 680 Hike through open ponderosa and juniper forest to the base of a huge stone pillar

Lookout Mountain Area
Lookout Mountain Hike Moderate 3.4 1045 Shorter but steeper hike to Lookout Mtn summit
Lookout Mountain Short Loop Hike Moderate 7.1 1350 Hike through old fir forest to high desert plateau with sweeping views
Lookout Mountain Extended Loop Hike Moderate 8.9 1800 Nice but somewhat steep addition to the above hike. Starts near the paved hwy & avoids driving the last mile on rocky access road
Miners' Ghost village hike Easy 0.6 100 Hike to old log cabins at Independent Mine, while they're still around
Round Mountain (South Approach) Hike Moderate 8 2500 Hike to wildflower meadows on the second highest mountain in Ochocos
Round Mountain (North Approach) Hike Moderate 8.7 1700 North approach to Round Mountain summit
Walton Lake Loop Hike Easy 1 100 Hike around small but scenic man-made lake surrounded by ancient ponderosa pines

Strawberry Mountains

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Strawberry Mountain Loop Hike Difficult 17 4500 Subalpine loop in eastern Oregon

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Warner Peak Hike Difficult 13 2800 Antelope refuge in south central Oregon offers springtime off trail hiking

Wallowa Mountains

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Eagle Cap Wilderness: Northern access
Maxwell Lake Hike Difficult 8 2500 Hike to a beautiful blue lake high above the Lostine River
East Lostine to Eagle Cap Hike Difficult 19 4000 This is the easiest way to a high Wallowa Peak, very popular
Thorp Creek Hike Moderate 9.9 2830 Hike to a remote valley tucked in between the Wallowas' highest ridges
Ice Lake Hike Difficult 15.4 3380 Head up the West Fork Wallowa and then spectacular Adam Creek to a high alpine lake below the Matterhorn
East Fork Wallowa River Hike Difficult 17.0 4620 Backpack to Tenderfoot Pass with multiple day hike and scramble options from the area
McCully Basin Hike Moderate 15.2 2360 Gentle backpack to a remote basin on the east side of the Wallowas

Eagle Cap Wilderness: Southern access
Pine Lakes Hike Difficult 15 2700 Hike to a pair of beautiful lakes
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