Recreation

Magone Lake

The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions

   Visitors to the area should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Let someone know your plans, including route of travel and an estimated time of return.
Alder Springs Camp    04/16/2014: Alder Springs Camp is open. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Arch Rock Trail #258    04/16/2014: Arc Rock Trail has not been cleared for the season. Visitors may encounter snow and muddy roads. During winter months the road can become impassible due to snow.
Big Creek Campground Open to Visitor 04/16/2014: Big Creek Campground is open, however the campground is only reachable by snowmobile during the winter months. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Big Creek Trail #377 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Big Creek Trail #377 is unreachable due to snow.
Big Creek/Snowshoe Trailhead Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Big Creek/Snowshoe Trailhead is unreachable due to snow.
Billy Fields Forest Camp    04/16/2014: Billy Fields Forest Camp is reachable, the campground maintenance has not begun for the season, visitors will need to provide their own toilet paper. Please remember to pack out your garbage.
Blackeye Trail #243    04/18/2014: Blackeye Trail may not be reachable by passenger vehicle due to snow and mud.
Buck Spring Campground    04/16/2014: Buck Spring Campground is open. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper. Hay brought into the area must be removed when you leave.
Buckhorn Meadows Trail #205 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Buckhorn Meadows Trail #205 is unreachable due to snow.
Buckhorn Meadows Trailhead Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Buckhorn Meadows Trailhead unreachable due to snow.
Canyon Meadows Campground    04/16/2014: Canyon Meadows Campground is open, however the road to the campground may become impassible to passenger vehicles during the winter months due to snow and mud. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months.
Canyon Mountain Trail #218 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Canyon Mountain Trail #218 may be unreachable due to snow or mud.
Cedar Grove Botanical Area    04/16/2014: The area may not be reachable due to snow. Please be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions; downed trees and debris on the trail.
Cedar Grove Trail #203A    04/16/2014: Cedar Grove trail is reachable, however the trail has not been cleared or maintained for the season. Please be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions; downed trees and debris on the trail.
Craft Cabin Trail #319    04/16/2014: Craft Cabin Trail is open and was logged out and maintained during the summer months. During winter months trails are not maintained on the forest.
Crane Creek Trail #381A Closed to Visitor 04/16/2014: Crane Creek Trail is not reachable at the is time.
Crane Crossing Closed to Visitor 04/16/2014: Crane Crossing Trail is unreachable at this time.
Crescent Campground    04/16/2014: Crescent Campground is open. Visitors will encounter snow and may have difficulty getting through the entrance of the campground due to snow and mud. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper. Hay brought into the area must be removed when you leave.
Davis Creek South Trailhead    04/16/2014: Davis Creek South Trailhead is open, however it may not be reachable due to muddy roads. Trails are not maintained during the winter months. Visitors should be prepared for snow on the trail, and mud.
Davis Creek Trail #244    04/16/2014: Davis Creek Trail is open, however trails on the forest are not maintained during the winter months. Visitors should be prepared for snow on the trail, as well as mud.
Deer Creek Guard Station Closed to Visitor 04/16/2014: Deer Creek Guard Station is closed for the season. To make reservations and check season dates please visit Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Deerhorn Campground Open to Visitor 04/16/2014: Deerhorn Campground is open, maintenance has not begun for the season, visitors should be prepared to provide their own toilet paper and please pack out their own garbage.
Delintment Lake Campground    04/16/2014: Delintment Lake Campground is reachable, however maintenance has not begun for the season, visitors should be prepared to bring their own water and pack out their own garbage. The water has been turned off for the season.
Delintment Lake Trail    04/17/2014: Delintment Lake Trail is open and During the winter months trails are not maintained on the forest.
Devine Summit Trail #318    04/17/2014: Devine Summit Trail may be unreachable due to snow and mud.
Dixie Campground Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Dixie Campground is open, however the road that leads into the campground may become impassible to passenger vehichle due to snow. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
East Davis Creek Trailhead    04/16/2014: East Davis Creek Trailhead is open however the trailhead may not be reachable due to muddy or snow covered roads. During winter months trails are not maintained.
East Fork Canyon Creek Trail #211 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: East Fork of Canyon Creek Trail #211 is unreachable due to snow.
East Fork Canyon Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: East Fork of Canyon Creek Trailhead unreachable due to snow.
Elk Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Elk Creek Campground is open, however during the winter months the road to the campground may become impassible due to snow and ice. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months.
Emigrant Campground    04/17/2014: Emigrant Campground is open. However the road to the campground may be impassible due to snow or mud. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper. Hay brought into the area must be removed when you leave.
Fall Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Fall Mountain Lookout is closed for the season. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance. To make reservations please visit Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Falls Campground    04/17/2014: Falls campground open, however the water has been turned off for the season and maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Field's Peak Trail #212 Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Field's Peak Trail may not be reachable due to snow or mud. The trail has not been cleared for the season.
Head O' Boulder Forest Camp Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Head O'Boulder Forest Camp trailhead is open, however the road leading to the area may not be passible by passenger vehicle due to snow or mud.
Horseshoe Trail #363    04/17/2014: Horseshoe Trail is open, however the trail has not been logged out or maintained this season. The road leading to the trail may become impassible to passenger vehicle during the winter months due to snow or mud.
Huddleston Snowpark Open to Visitor 04/17/2014: Huddleston Sno-Park is open for parking. The road is open. Sno-Park Pass is required to use the parking area at Huddleston from November 1st to April 30th. Please be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. The Grant County Snowballers have online maps of local snowmobile trails to download and print.
Idlewild Campground    04/17/2014: Idlewild Campground reachable. The water has been shut off for the season. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Idlewild Loop Trail #317    04/17/2014: Idlewild Loop Trail is reachable, however the trail has not been cleared for the season.
Indian Creek Trail #364 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Indian Creek Trail #364 unreachable due to snow.
Indian Creek Trail #364A Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Indian Creek Trail #365A may not be reachable due to snow and mud.
Joaquin Miller Horse Camp Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Joaquin Miller Campground is closed for the season. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Visitors to the forest should always let someone know their plans including route of travel and an estimated time of return.
Joaquin Miller Trail #219 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Joaquin Miller Trail is unreachable due to snow and mud.
Lake Creek Trail #378 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Lake Creek Trail is not reachable due to snow.
Little Malheur Trail #366 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: The Little Malheur Trail may not be reachable during the winter months due to snow, ice or muddy roads. The trail has not been cleared of down trees and debris for the last 2 summers.
Little Strawberry Trail #375A Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Little Strawberry Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Logan Valley Interpretive Site Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: The Logan Valley Interpretive Site may be unreachable due to snow.
Lower Camp Creek Campground    04/17/2014: Lower Camp Creek Campground is open. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Magone Lake Campground Closed to Visitor 04/17/2014: Magone Lake Campground is reachable, however the water has been turned off. The day use area, boat dock and group sites are still open. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Magone Lake Trail #352 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Magone Lake Trail #352 may be unreachable due to snow and mud. The trail has not been cleared for the season, trails are not maintained during the winter months.
Magone Slide Trail #353 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: The trail may not be reachable due to snow. The trail was not cleared or logged out for the summer. Hikers should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and may encounter downed trees and debris on the trail.
Magone Slide Trailhead Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Magone Slide Trailhead may not be reachable due to snow and ice on the road that leads to the trail. The trail was not cleared or logged out.
Malheur Ford Trailhead    04/18/2014: Malheur Ford Trailhead may not be reachable at this time due to snow or mud. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. The road to the trailhead becomes impassible to passenger vehicle during the winter months due to snow, mud or ice.
Malheur Rail Trail #382    04/18/2014: The Malheur Rail Trail was not cleared and logged out durning the summer months. The trail may not be reachable due to snow or mud. Trails are not cleared or maintained during the winter months. Roads leading to the trail may become impassible during winter months due to snow, ice or mud.
Malheur River Trail #303    03/10/2014: Malheur River Trail may not be reachable due to snow or mud. During the winter months trails are not maintained.
Malheur Wild and Scenic River    04/18/2014: The Malheur Wild and Scenic River may not be reachable during the winter months due to snow, ice or muddy roads.
McClellan Mountain Trail #216    04/18/2014: McClellan Mountain Trail may not be reachable during the winter months due to snow, ice or muddy roads. The trail was not logged out over the summer months.
McClellan Trailhead    04/18/2014: McClellan Trailhead may not be reachable due to snow,ice or muddy roads. The trail was not logged out or maintained during the summer months.
Meadow Fork Trail #376 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Meadow Fork Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Middle Fork Campground Open to Visitor 04/18/2014: Middle Fork Campground is open. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. The entrance to the campground may become impassible during winter months due to snow and ice. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Monument Rock Wilderness    04/18/2014: Monument Rock Wilderness area becomes unreachable by passenger vehicle during the winter months due to snow, ice and muddy roads. Trails in the area have not been cleared for the season.
Mud Lake A Trail #379A Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Mud Lake Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Mud Lake Trail #379 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Mud Lake is unreachable due to snow.
Murderer's Creek Guard Station Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Murderers Creek Guard Station is closed for the season. To make reservations please visit Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Murray Campground Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Murray Camground is open, however the road leading to Murray Campground may become impassible by passenger vehcile during the winter months due to snow, ice or muddy roads. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months.
Myrtle Creek Trail #308    04/18/2014: Myrtle Creek Trail was logged out during the summer months, however during the winter months trails on the forest are not logged out or maintained. Hikers may encounter, downed trees, snow or debris on the trail.
Nipple Butte Trail #346    04/18/2014: Nipple Butte Trail may not be reachable due to snow and muddy roads. During the winter months trails on the forest are not logged out or maintained. Hikers may encounter snow, downed trees, or debris on the trail.
North Fork Malheur Campground    04/18/2014: North Fork Malheur Campground is open, however the road leading to the campground may be impassible during the winter months due to snow, ice or mud. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months.
North Fork Malheur Trail #381    04/18/2014: The North Fork Malheur Trail may be unreachable due to snow, ice or muddy roads. The trail was logged out during the summer months, however trails on the forest are not maintained during the winter months. Hikers may encounter downed trees, snow, and debris on the trail.
North Fork Malheur Wild & Scenic River    04/18/2014: North Fork of the Malheur Wild and Scenic River may not be reachable due to snow, ice or muddy roads. 
Onion Creek Trail #368 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: The Onion Creek Trail is reachable. The trail has not been cleared or maintained for the season. Hikers will encounter snow on the trail as well as muddy conditions.
Oregon Mine Campground Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Oregon Mine Campground is open. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months.
Parish Cabin Campground Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Parish Cabin Campground is open, however the water has been shut off for the season. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Pine Creek Trail #201 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: The Pine Creek Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Pine Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Pine Creek Trailhead is unreachable due to snow.
Pine Spring Fire Overlook Trail    04/18/2014: Pine Springs Fire Overlook Trail is open for the season. The road to the trail may be impassible to passenger vehicles during the winter months due to snow.
Pine Springs Overlook Observation Site    04/18/2014: Pine Springs Overlook is open, however the road leading to the site may become impassible to passenger vehicle due to snow and ice.
Princess Trail #251    04/18/2014: Princess trail is open. The road to the trail may become impassible to passenger vehicles due to snow and mud please use caution when driving to the trail.
Princess Trailhead West    04/18/2014: Princess Trailhead West trail is may not be reachable due to snow and mud.
Riley Creek Trail #216A Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: The road leading to the trail is impassible to passenger vehicles during winter months due to snow and mud.
Roads End Trail #201A Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Roads End Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Rock Springs Campground    04/18/2014: Rock Springs Campground is open. Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months. Please be prepared to bring your own water and toilet paper.
Sheep Creek Trail #371 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Sheep Creek Trail may not be reachable to passenger vehicle due to snow, ice or muddy roads. The trail has not been cleared or logged out for the season.
Short Creek Guard Station Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Short Creek Guard Station is closed for the season. The Guard Station usually opens in Late May, weather depending. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance. To make reservations please call 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov
Skyline Trail #385 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Skyline Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Skyline Trailhead Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Skyline trailhead is unreachable due to snow.
Slide Basin Shortcut Trail #372A Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Slide Basin Shortcut Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Slide Basin Tie In Trail #372B Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Slide Basin Tie in Trail #372B is unreachable due to snow.
Slide Basin Trail #372 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Slide Basin Trail #372 is unreachable due to snow.
Slide Creek Campground    04/18/2014: Slide Creek Campground open. The road up to Slide Creek Campground is open.
Slide Horse Camp    04/18/2014: Slide Horse Campground is open, the road to Slide Horse Campground is open.
Slide Lake Trail #385A Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Slide Lake Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Snowshoe Trail #380 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Snowshoe Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Starr Bowl Snowplay Area Open to Visitor 04/18/2014: Starr Snow Bowl is open for parking. A SnoPark Pass is required between November 1st to April 30th. Parking for the snowbowl is across Hwy 395 South near Starr Campground. Use caution when crossing the highway. Please be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.
Starr Campground Open to Visitor 04/18/2014: Starr Campground is open.  Maintenance will not be provided during the winter months.
Starr Sno-Park Open to Visitor 04/18/2014: Starr Sno-Park is open for parking. 
Starvation Trail #374 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Starvation trail is unreachable due to snow. The trail has not been logged out or maintained for the season.
Strawberry Basin Trail #375 Closed to Visitor 03/13/2013: Strawberry Basin Trail may be unreachable for hiking do to snow and mud.
Strawberry Basin Trailhead Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Strawberry Basin Trailhead is open, however the road leading into the area becomes impassible by passenger vehicle during the winter months. The road becomes covered in snow, or muddy and slick. The road is also extremely narrow and not many places to turn around. Visitors are advised to park at the lower campgrounds of Slide Creek or Slide horse, then hike, snowshoe or ski into the trailhead. Hikers will encounter snow and downed trees on the trail. There is a gate that is closed during the winter blocking the road to the trailhead, if it is closed the area is still open for hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing. Trails are not maintained during the winter months.
Strawberry Campground Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Strawberry Campground is open, however the road leading to the campground may be impassible due to snow and ice, the road leading to the campground is closed. Those wishing to snowshoe and ski in the area are encouraged to park at Slide Campground to begin snowshoeing or skiing.
Strawberry Lake Trail #375B Open to Visitor 03/13/2014: Strawberry Lake Trail is open, however the road leading into the area becomes impassible by passenger vehicle during the winter months. The road becomes covered in snow, or muddy and slick. The road is also extremely narrow and not many places to turn around. Visitors are advised to park at the lower campgrounds of Slide Creek or Slide horse, then hike, snowshoe or ski into the trailhead. Hikers will encounter snow and downed trees on the trail. There is a gate that is closed during the winter blocking the road to the trailhead, if it is closed the area is still open for hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing.
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Open to Visitor 04/18/2013: Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is open. Visitors to the area will encounter snow.
Summit Trail #368B Closed to Visitor 03/13/2014: Summit Trail is unreachable due to snow.
Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail #260 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: The Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail is reachable. The trail has not been cleared for the season.
Sunrise Butte Trail #255    04/18/2014: The Sunrise Butte Trail is may not be reachable due to snow and mud.
Sunshine Flat Trail #369    04/18/2014: Sunshine Flat Trail is may be unreachable at this time due to snow and mud.
Sunshine Guard Station Open to Visitor 04/18/2014 Sunshine Guard Station is open.  To make reservations please call 1-877-444-6777, or visit Recreation.gov
Swick Old Growth Interpretive Site    04/18/2014: Swick Old Growth trail is may be unreachable due to snow and mud at the entrance to the parking area.
Table Mountain A Trail #217A    03/13/2014: Table Mountain Trail may be unreachable due to snow and mud.
Table Mountain Trail #217    03/13/2014: Table Mountain Trail may be unreachable due to snow.
Table Mountain Trailhead    03/13/2014: Table Mountain Trailhead may be unreachable due to snow and mud.
Table Rock Trail #365 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Table Rock Trail may not be reachable during the winter months due to snow, ice or muddy roads. The trail was not logged out or maintained during the summer months.
Tamarack Creek Trail #202 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Tamarack Creek Trail may be unreachable due to snow.
Tempest Mine Trail #256    04/18/2014: Tempest Mine Trail is may not be reachable due to snow and mud.
Tip Top Campground    04/18/2014: Tip Top Campground may be unreachable due to snow.
Trout Farm Campground Open to Visitor 04/18/2014:  Trout Farm Campground is open, however the water has not been turned back on.
Trout Farm Trail #370 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: The trail to the campground has not yet been maintained for the season.
Twin Springs Trail #375C Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: Twin Springs Trail may be unreachable due to snow. The trail has not been cleared or logged out for the season. Hikers will encounter snow and downed trees on the trail.
Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area    04/18/2014: The Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic area may not be reachable by passengar vehicle due to snow and mud. 
West Fork Pine Creek Trail #200 Closed to Visitor 04/18/2014: West Fork of Pine Creek Trail may not be reachable due to snow. The trail has not been cleared or logged out for the season. The road leading to the trail may become impassible due to snow, mud or ice. Hikers may encounter snow and downed trees on the trail. Trails are not maintained during the winter months. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Visitors should let someone know their plans including; route of travel and an estimated time of return.
West Myrtle Creek Trail #314    04/18/2014: West Myrtle Creek Trail is may not be reachable due to snow and mud.
Wickiup Campground    04/18/2014: Wickiup Campground is open. Maintenance has not begun for the season. Visitors should bring their own toilet paper. Please pack garbage.
Yellowjacket Campground    04/18/2014: Yellowjacket Campground is reachable, however the campground has not been maintained for the season.

Spotlights

Magone Lake Campground

Typical campsites at Magone Lake Campground

This campground offers single family and group camp sites, and a large area for group picnicking, and a group campground. All facilities are accessible. There is also a day use are with picnic tables and changing rooms and another area for launching boats, which has an accessible vault toilet and loading dock.

Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail #260

View of visitors walking on reconstructed railway tracks

The trail overlooks the historic Dixie switchbacks that were used and abandoned by the Sumpter Valley Railway. The switchbacks were built to maintain acceptable grades into the John Day Valley. At 5,277 feet, it was the highest point on the original Sumpter Valley Railway mainline.