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Criterion North Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

At the north trailhead on Highway 197, Criterion Tract (bobcat)
On the crest road leading west from the trailhead (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Regulations and facilities

  • Dogs under control when cattle are grazing
  • Close gates securely after you pass through

Driving Directions

Drive I-84 east to Exit 87 for Highway 197, Dufur, and Bend.

Turn right after exiting, and proceed 0.2 miles to a T-junction.

Turn left here for Highway 197, Dufur, and Bend. Drive south on Highway 197 for 51.7 miles, crossing the Deschutes River in Maupin.

Just past MP 57, turn right into a parking area bordered by a pole-and-rail fence. There’s a microwave array a little farther south on the Criterion Crest.


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