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Riddle Ranch Upper Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The upper trailhead for the Riddle Ranch (bobcat)
Signage at the trailhead (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Fees, regulations facilities

  • Wilderness registration on Levi Brinkley Trail
  • Vault toilet at Riddle Ranch Lower Trailhead
  • Campground with restrooms and drinking water nearby

Driving Directions

From Burns:

From the center of Burns at Broadway and Monroe Street (Highway 78), continue east for 1.7 miles.

Make a right turn onto Highway 205 for Frenchglen and Denio, and drive south for 59 miles into Frenchglen.

From Frenchglen, you’ll continue another 10.0 miles before turning left for the Upper Blitzen River and South Steens Campground.

Drive this gravel road for 18.9 miles, and turn left for the Riddle Brothers Ranch National Historic District.

Drive 1.2 miles to a gate: This is the upper trailhead.

Note: If the gate is open (Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Memorial Day through October), continue another 1.2 miles, keeping right at a junction, to a grassy parking area next to the caretaker’s cabin


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