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Pine Lakes Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Pine Creek Falls (Cheryl Hill)
Pine Lakes Trail (Cheryl Hill)

  • Start point: Cornucopia TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Pine Lakes
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: (Out-and-back)
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Elevation gain: 2,700 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: Summer and Fall
  • Backpackable: Yes


Hike Description

Pine Lakes Trail #1880 starts out on an old dusty mining road. The old road soon crosses a creek at a horse ford, but just downstream from the ford is a footbridge for hikers. The trail parallels the East Fork Pine Creek, which soon comes into view. The views of the surrounding mountains start opening up as well.

After one mile the trail crosses the creek on a footbridge and continues north on the other side of the creek for another mile before crossing back over the creek on a large bridge built for both hikers and stock. After this third bridge the trail starts gaining some serious elevation, but switchbacks make for an even grade. If you feel comfortable going off-trail for a short distance leave the trail at a switchback at N 45 02.402 W 117 13.022 to see Pine Creek Falls (which is at N 45 02.406 W 117 13.076). This nice little waterfall also has an upper tier that can't be seen from the viewpoint.

Back on the trail continue climbing up. The trail levels out a bit and makes a long traverse along the lower slopes of Granite Mountain, high above the creek, entering into the formal wilderness along the way. This section has no shade and can be pretty hot on summer afternoons. The trail climbs up many more switchbacks before finally crossing the outlet stream just below the dam at Pine Lakes.

Regulations or Restrictions, etc.

When camping at Pine Lakes make sure you are camped 100 feet from the lakeshore. Group size is limited to 12 or less.

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon - by William L. Sullivan
  • Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness - by Fred Barstad


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