The Crooked River National Grassland is a unique landscape that serves as a host for a variety of different activities from hunting, fishing and boating to hiking, rock climbing and OHV riding. Come explore a place like no other!
This well known trail gives GREAT views of the Crooked River National Grassland and also ties into trails that reach BLM land and Smith Rock State Park. This trail is primarily accessed at Gray Butte Trailhead.
Snow-capped peaks, rivers, lakes, wildlife, and trails in this high desert area makes for some of the best recreation in Oregon. Skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and riding are some popular activities in this beautiful place.
From the trailhead, the trail climbs steeply for two miles along a symmetrical volcano. The trail passes through a rich diversity of forest settings. Large "yellow-belly" ponderosa pines give way to mixed conifer and then subalpine vegetation. In the second mile of the hike, trees thin and unsurpassed mountain views emerge.
In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 50,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Oregon Cascades and across the High Desert.
It is hard to fathom as you drive through the summit area that you are within a 17 square mile caldera at the summit of a 500 square mile volcano, a volcano that remains very active to this day. Newberry is both seismically and geothermally active. Geologists believe the caldera sits over a shallow magma body only 2 to 5 kilometers deep. Visitors see numerous cinder cones (over 400 throughout the area), miles of basalt flows, as well as rhyolite flows of obsidian.
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Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Friendly rangers will help orient you to the Monument using our new 3D topographic map.Visit our state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Northwest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of the Molten Lands and the Trail of the Whispering Pines, picnic under the pines, attend a ranger talk, drive to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon (Butte parking is limited to10 spaces, so FREE 30 minute time passes are issued on a first come, first served basis at the Center's Welcome Station. Please note on busy summer days there may be delays in your being able to access Lava Butte).
The Maury Mountains offer solitude and relaxation to those in search of it. There four campgrounds in the area including one situated on the shore of Antelope Flat Reservoir (a little known fishing hole), and the agate beds near Elkhorn Campground have also been known to attract rock hounds. This beautiful, secluded area is a great place to find your own adventure!
This trail starts from Hammer Creek Trailhead and is not well maintained so it can be hard to follow. Good outdoor skills required. Cattle may be encountered in this area. Excellent scenery can be seen of the Maury Mountains.
Far removed from the nearest town this entire area offers a pristine natural environment comparable to many wilderness areas. Most recreation happens here during the big game hunting seasons, leaving the area vastly unoccupied the remainder of the summer season. You can experience just about everything here from wildlife viewing to fording a river into the Black Canyon Wilderness on a backpacking excursion. If you want adventure without a crowd, then this is the place for you!
The Apple Trail can be accessed from Apple Trailhead East , Apple Trailhead West , and Apple Trailhead Middle . The Apple Trail parallels ridge routes followed by the historic Mascall Stock Driveway and the Paulina-Dayville Wagon Road (Apple Road). This route travels through open grass and shrubland, with a mixed conifer forest. Most grades are moderate, with some steep sections.
This short and primitive trail provides access to Black Canyon Trail #820 a little earlier and later in the year than the higher elevation Black Canyon Trailhead at Dusty Camp. Forest Road 5810 is also more suitable for use by passenger vehicles and trailers than Forest Road 5840 to Dusty Camp Trailhead.
This steep trail can be accessed by the Cottonwood Trailhead. It descends into the East Fork of Cottonwood Creek, passing through a dense mixed conifer forest scattered with ponderosa pines and grassy openings. This trail connects into the Black Trail #818.
The Fry Trail descends steeply into the Fry Creek drainage from the Fry Trailhead . It travels through dense mixed conifer forest and connects to the west end of the Barnhouse Trail #813 about 1 mile from the trailhead, and ends at the east end of the Keeton Trail about 1 mile further. This trail also connects to the Back Trail.
This primitive trail starts from Kelsey Trailhead . The trail alternates very steep pitches with gentle benches following a ridge through mostly open and grassy ponderosa pine forests with impressive views of Black Canyon Wilderness.
The trail starts from Payten Trailhead. The traditional, established route of the Payten Trail in the Black Canyon Wilderness crosses private land for 1.3 miles without a right-of-way allowing public access.
This trail is accessed by the Rock Creek Trailhead. It follows Rock Creek for the first 2.25 miles, then meanders down an old mining ditch. It ends in a small flat saddle, with scattered large ponderosa pines and room for primitive camping.
The Western portion of the Ochoco National Forest offers a great variety of recreational opportunities without being too far removed from the nearest town. In the winter there are opportunities for snow play including a Mark's Creek Sled Hill and numerous trails for snowmobiles and cross country skiers. In the summer there is everything from fishing to backpacking in the Mill Creek Wilderness! If those activities don't suit your style, there are also OHV trails, developed campgrounds, group pavilions, and overnight rental options for two historic cabins. Nearly everything you are looking for is available here!
This trail can be accessed from both the Cougar East Trailhead and Cougar West Trailhead . The reconstruction of a historic pack trail was used from 1915 to 1922. The first mile of the trail is along an old road through timber, and the final four miles are on a well preserved, scenic historic route with excellent views.
This trail can be accessed from the Independent Trailhead. This loop trail travels through old growth fir and pine thickets. As it gains elevation, it meanders through beautiful mountain meadows and reaches to the top of Lookout Mountain.
The Lookout Mountain Trail can be accessed from the Lookout Mountain Trailhead or you can start at the Ochoco Ranger Station. This trail climbs to the top of Lookout Mountain (6900 feet), and offers terrific views of the Cascades and meadow wildflowers in the spring.
This National Recreation Trail can be accessed by the Round Mountain Trailhead and begins near Walton Lake, travels over the top of Round Mountain and connects with Independent Mine Trail #808 near Forest Road 42. There are many open meadows, large stands of old growth ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest.
This beautiful trail can be accessed by the Steins Pillar Trailhead. It meanders through old growth forest, flower-filled mountain meadows, and rocky ridges. Trail reaches its final destination at the base of a 200 foot rock outcrop called Steins Pillar.
Most of this trail travels through the Mill Creek Wilderness, following Mill Creek itself. You can view the Steins Pillar Rock Spire along the trail. This trail runs through a forest that was burned in the 1990's and is recovering.