Area Status: Open
This 7.6 mile trail runs east west along a ridge through the Badger Creek Wilderness. This trail makes a long day hike or backpack route. The route stays relatively close to Little Badger Creek, crossing numerous streams along the way. There is a variety of forest types along the trail, from open glades to rock outcroppings. There has been recent fire activity in the area from the Ball Point Fire. Regrowth will be occurring.
This trail travels from Forest Road 2730-200 near Flag Point to Forest Road 2710 near Little Badger Campground. Leaving the trailhead at Forest Road 2730-200 (5,400’), the trail quickly enters the Badger Creek Wilderness and heads gently downhill following an old road that soon becomes a single track trail. The trail continues for 1.4 miles and passes two campsites before reaching a junction with Gordon Butte Trail #470A (area is unavailable) (5,040’). Stay on #469 and continue downhill heading east and travel 1.9 miles to a junction with School Canyon Trail #468 (4,000’) (3.3 miles to Forest Road 27). From trail #468, #469 heads down a steep hill for 0.7 mile to the Kinzel cabin site at Little Badger Creek (3,040’). There is a campsite at the cabin. After leaving Kinzel cabin, the trail generally follows Little Badger Creek for 3.5 miles to the trail’s end at Forest Road 2710 (2,160’). The last part of the trail travels through a mix of oak thickets, maples and conifers.
Sections of this wilderness trail are maintained thanks to the help of the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon Columbia Gorge Chapter volunteers
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Hood River, OR take OR Hwy 35 south 26 miles, 0.15 mile south of milepost 71, to Dufur Mill Road (Forest Road 44). Turn left (east) on Forest Road 44, go 8 miles to Forest Road 4420 and turn (right) south. Drive 2.1 miles on Forest Road 4420 and take the left fork onto Forest Road 2730. Follow Forest Road 2730 for 3 miles to Forest Road 2730-200. Turn right (south) on Forest Road 2730-200 and travel 2.75 miles to the trailhead.
This trail can also be accessed from the east end of the Wilderness just past Little Badger Campground on Forest Road 2710.