Area Status: Open
This little used trail is in the southwestern portion of the Badger Creek Wilderness. It connects Post Camp Trail #467 with the Badger Lake Road (Forest Road 4860.140). As such, it is useful for hunters as a way into and out of the area between Drop Creek and Pine Creek. There is good habitat for Mule Deer in this area. Horse trailers can easily be brought into the Post Camp Trailhead Forest Road 4811.015.
From the trailhead begin heading north on Post Camp Trail #467 for one mile. The Pine Creek Trail #465 splits off just before crossing Pine Creek. Immediately climb out of the creek bottom going north on steep switchbacks and gain a prominent ridge. The trail climbs up this ridge through an open Ponderosa savanna for about 1 mile. Above this, the trail follows a slight gully with a spring at its top. This is the only source of water on the trail. Above the spring, the trail ascends through dry forest. The upper trail is sometimes faint and hard to follow and has a fair bit of fallen trees across it. The upper trailhead for #465 junctions with the Badger Lake Road (Forest Road 140).
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 Sandy, OR travel 31 miles east on US Hwy 26 to the intersection with Oregon Hwy 35. Turn north onto Oregon Hwy 35 and travel 4 miles and turn right, approximately 150 feet before milepost 62, on White River Road (Forest Road 48). Go south down paved Forest Road 48 about 15.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 4860. Turn left, going north on Forest Road 4860 and travel 2.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 4813.
Turn right going northeast on Forest Road 4813 and travel 3 miles to a 4-way junction with Forest Road 4811. Turn north on Forest Road 4811 for 3.5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 4811- 015. Turn left and go north for 0.3 mile to the end turnaround. This is the parking area and trailhead for Trails #466 & #467.
Take Trail #467 north 1 mile to Pine Creek and the beginning of this trail.