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Badger Creek Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Bridge across Badger Creek, trailhead is to the left. (Jerry Adams)


Hikes starting here

Fees and regulations

  • Northwest Forest Pass required (May 15th to October 1st)

Driving Directions

You can either go from the West (highway 26) which is shorter but higher elevation (about 3500 feet elevation) so the road can be closed by snow, or you can go from the East (about 2600 feet elevation).

To go from the East, take I-84 to The Dalles. Highway 197 about 25 miles South to Tygh Valley. Follow the signs West to the fairgrounds. Take Badger Creek Road which is gravel, just West of the fairgrounds. This gravel road isn't too bad, except the last 1/2 mile which has little streams in the road, but if you go slowly it's not too bad for regular passenger vehicle.

In about 6.5 miles, there is a paved road 27 which goes North - don't take this, stay on the gravel road.

At about 8 miles from the fairgrounds is the Little Badger Creek trailhead.

At about 13.5 miles from the fairgrounds is Badger Creek Trailhead. A little further is Bonney Crossing campground.

Or from Tygh Valley, follow the signs to Wamic, then Rock Creek Reservoir, on road 48, about 11 miles, which is paved. Turn right on 4810 (gravel) and go 2.1 miles. Turn right on 4811 (paved) and go 1.2 miles. Turn right on 2710 (gravel - very rough - go slow) and go 2 miles to the trailhead just over the bridge over Badger Creek.

To go from the West, take SR 26 east past Mount Hood. Go on SR 26 to milepost 68 (roughly 41-42 miles from Sandy). Just after milepost 68 turn left onto paved Road 43. Go 5.8 miles on Road 43 to a Stop sign.

Turn right onto paved Road 48 at Stop sign. Go 15.6 miles on Road 48 (google says 15.3 miles, so my odometer may be off a bit), and turn left on paved Road 4810 (just before "Fire Danger ... today" sign).

After 0.2 miles veer right to stay on Rd. 4810 (if you go straight 0.2 miles from here, there is access to Rock Creek Reservoir, potentially a great place to swim on the way back). Go another 1.9 miles on Rd. 4810, and turn right onto paved Rd. 4811.

Follow Rd. 4811 for 1.2 miles and turn right onto gravel Rd. 2710. In the next couple of miles there are some dirt road split off it; just follow the better, gravel road.

In about 1.8 miles the road splits - keep left (a road to the right goes to Bonney Crossing campground, which has restrooms). 1/10 mile later, just after creek crossing, is Badger Creek Trailhead on the left.

The last 1/2 mile of the road is not very good, with little streams in the road, but doable with regular passenger vehicle if you go slowly.

Step Cumulative Miles Description
1 0 Turn left from SR 26 onto paved Rd. 43 shortly after milepost 68. Reset odometer.
2 5.8 Turn right onto paved Rd. 48 at Stop sign.
3 21.4 Turn left on paved Road 4810 (just before "Fire Danger ... today" sign).
4 21.6 Veer right to stay on Road 4810.
5 23.5 Turn right onto paved Road 4811.
6 24.7 Turn right on gravel Road 2710.
7 26.5 Veer left to stay on Road 2710.
8 32.0 Arrive at the trailhead.


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