Recreation

Magone Lake

The Malheur National Forest is a place of remote and rugged beauty located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. With 1.7 million acres of public land; 2 designated wilderness areas; 1 national scenic area; 1 designated state bikeway; multiple scenic byways; thousands of miles of forest roads; and  hundreds of peaks, streams, and alpine lakes - the Malheur National Forest has a spectacular adventure waiting for everyone. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain.

Winter has come to upper elevations across the Malheur National Forest. Anticipate varying degrees of snow and ice throughout the forest. Forest Service Roads and Recreation Sites are accessible at your own risk; much of the Forest is currently inaccessible to low clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles. If accessing upper elevations for overnight camping, monitor weather to insure you and your vehicle are able to make the return journey safely. Additionally, muddy and wash-boarded conditions are common throughout the Forest from now until spring.


Keep in mind the Malheur National Forest is exceptionally remote. Come prepared and self-sufficient. Route finding is necessary when exploring much of the forest, including many designated trails. Wildfires are common throughout late summer and early fall, so please, check with Forest staff for updates and restrictions.

 

Log haul routes to know about.

For current road conditions throughout the state please visit TripCheck.

If you are looking for snow depth and precipitation levels throughout the state please visit SnoTel.

Recreation Map

A map showing recreation areas.

 

Download FREE Topographic Maps of the Malheur National Forest here.

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Springs Camp Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Alder Springs campground is open.
Arch Rock Trail #258 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Arch Rock Trail may not be reachable by passenger vehicle due Green Dot Road Closures.
Big Creek Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Big Creek Campground is open, however, the water has been turned off until spring.
Big Creek Trail #377 Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Big Creek Snowshoe Trail #377 is open.
Big Creek/Snowshoe Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Big Creek/Snowshoe Trailhead is open.
Big Creek/Summit Prairie Trail #B5053 Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Big Creek/Summit Trail #B5053 is open.
Billy Fields Forest Camp Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Billy Fields Forest Camp is open.
Blackeye Trail #243 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Blackeye Trail is open; however, while accessible, visitors should come prepared for the possibility of snow accumulation and inclement weather as we head into late fall. We recommend 4 wheel drive vehicles with clearance for exploring this area of the forest.
Buck Spring Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Buck Spring Campground open.
Buckhorn Meadows Trail #205 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Buckhorn Meadows Trail is Open
Buckhorn Meadows Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Buckhorn Meadows Trailhead is open.
Canyon Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor 09/30/2016: Canyon Meadows Campground is closed until further notice.
Canyon Mountain Trail #218 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Cedar Grove Botanical Area Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Cedar Grove Botanical area is open.
Cedar Grove Trail #203A Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Cedar Grove trail is open, the trail has not been logged out or maintained for the season.
Craft Cabin Trail #319 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Craft Cabin Trail is open.
Crane Creek Trail #381A Open to Visitor 10/05/16: Trail is Open.
Crane Crossing Open to Visitor 10/05/16: Crane Crossing is open.
Crescent Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Crescent Campground is open
Davis Creek Trail #244 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Davis Creek Trail is open. Trail may be difficult to navigate in spots.
Davis Creek West Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Davis Creek Trail is open. Trail may be difficult to navigate in spots.
Deer Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Deer Creek Guard Station is open. To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Deerhorn Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Deerhorn Campground is open for the season.
Delintment Lake Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Delintment Lake Campground is open, however the water is currently turned off at the western pump in the campground. Water is still available at the campground's eastern pump.
Devine Summit Trail #318 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Devine Summit Trail is reachable.
Dixie Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Dixie Campground is open. Weather may bring night-time snowfall, however, accumulation is still unlikely.
East Davis Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Davis Creek Trail is open. Trail may be difficult to navigate in spots.
East Fork Canyon Creek Trail #211 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
East Fork Canyon Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Elk Creek Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Elk Creek Campground is open.
Emigrant Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Emigrant Campground is open.
FL Springs Trail #B-5065 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: FL Springs Trail #B-5065 is open.
Fall Mountain Lookout Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Fall Mountain Lookout is open.  This site does not have an outdoor campfire ring, please do not build campfires at this site.  To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Falls Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Falls campground open and the water is on for the season.
Field's Peak Trail #212 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Field's Peak Trail is open.
Head O' Boulder Forest Camp Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Head O'Boulder Forest Camp Trailhead is open. Snowfall is likely at this elevation and a stout vehicle is recommended for accessing the area.
Horseshoe Trail #363 Open to Visitor 10/05/16: Horseshoe Trail is Open.
Huddleston Snowpark Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Huddleston Sno-Park is open. A SnoPark pass is required to use the parking area at Huddleston from November 1st to April 30th. For maps of snowmobile trails in the area please visit the Grant County Snowballers.
Idlewild Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Idlewild Campground is open, however, the water has been turned off until spring.
Idlewild Loop Trail #317 Closed to Visitor 08/22/2016: The trail is temporarily closed.
Indian Creek Trail #364 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Indian Creek Trail #5001 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Joaquin Miller Horse Camp Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Joaquin Miller Campground is open, however, water has been turned off until spring.
Joaquin Miller Trail #219 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Lake Creek Trail #378 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Little Malheur Trail #366 Open to Visitor 10/01/2016: This Trail is open, however, visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the recent Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.
Little Strawberry Trail #5003 Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Access to Strawberry Campground and the Strawberry Basin Trailhead has be closed for the winter season. Visitors will need to park at Slide Creek and ski/snowshoe up the NF-6001 rd. approximately 2 miles to reach the campground.
Logan Valley Interpretive Site Open to Visitor 10/12/16: The Logan Valley Interpretive Site is open.
Lower Camp Creek Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Lower Camp Creek Campground is open.
Magone Lake Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Magone Lake Campground is open, however, the water pump has been turned off until spring.
Magone Lake Trail #352 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Magone Lake Trail #352, is open.
Magone Slide Trail #353 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: The trail is open
Magone Slide Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Magone Slide Trail-head is open.
Malheur Ford Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Malheur Ford Trail-head is open.
Malheur River Trail #303 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Malheur River Trail is open.
Malheur Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor 10/12/16: The Malheur Wild and Scenic River area is open.
McClellan Mountain Trail #216 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: McClellan Mountain Trail is open.
McClellan Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: McClellan Trail-head is open.
Meadow Fork Trail #376 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open, however, trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Middle Fork Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Middle Fork Campground open.
Monument Rock Wilderness: Malheur Open to Visitor 10/01/2016: The Monument Rock Wilderness is open, however, visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the recent Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.
Mud Lake A Trail #5008 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Open, however, trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Mud Lake Trail #379 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Open, however, trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Murderer's Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Murderers Creek Guard Station is open.  This site does not have an outdoor campfire ring, please do not build a campfire at this site.  To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Murray Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Murry Campground is open.
Myrtle Creek Trail #308 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Myrtle Creek Trail is open.
Nipple Butte Trail #346 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Nipple Butte Trail #346 is open.
North Fork Malheur Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  North Fork Malheur Campground is open.
North Fork Malheur Trail #381 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: North Fork Malheur Trail is open.
North Fork Malheur Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Open
Onion Creek Trail #368 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Onion Creek Trail #368 is open.
Oregon Mine Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Oregon Mine Campground is open.
Parish Cabin Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Parish Cabin Campground is open, however, the water pump has been turned off until spring.
Pine Creek Trail #201 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Open, however, trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Pine Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Open, however, trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Pine Spring Fire Overlook Trail Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Pine Springs Fire Overlook Trail is open.
Pine Springs Overlook Observation Site Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Pine Springs Overlook open.
Princess Trail #251 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Princess trail is open; however, while accessible, visitors should come prepared for the possibility of snow accumulation and inclement weather as we head into late fall. We recommend 4 wheel drive vehicles with clearance for exploring this area of the forest.
Princess Trailhead West Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Princess Trailhead West trail is open.
Riley Creek Trail #216A Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Riley Creek Trail is open.
Roads End Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Open, however, trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Rock Springs Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Rock Springs Campground is open.
Sheep Creek Trail #371 Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Sheep Creek Trail is open.
Short Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Short Creek Guard Station is open for the season, however, the water has been shutoff until spring. To make reservations please contact www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Skyline Trail #385 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Skyline Trail #385 is open.
Skyline Trailhead Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Skyline Trailhead is open.
Slide Basin Shortcut Trail #5005 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Slide Basin Shortcut Trail is open.
Slide Basin Tie In Trail #5006 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Open, however, trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Slide Basin Trail #372 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Slide Basin Trail #372 is open.
Slide Connector Trail #386 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: The Slide Connector Trail #386 open.
Slide Creek Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Slide Creek Campground is open.
Slide Horse Camp Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  Slide Horse Camp is open.
Slide Lake Trail #5007 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Slide Lake Trail is open.
Snowshoe Trail #380 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Snowshoe Trail is open.
Starr Bowl Snowplay Area Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Starr Snow Bowl is open.  TripCheck and for snow depth and precipitation throughout the state please visit SnoTel.
Starr Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Starr Campground is open.
Starr Sno-Park Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Starr Sno-Park is open. Sno-Park Permit is required for parking in the Starr Sno-Park between November 1st and April 30th. For more information on groomed snowmobile trails in the area please visit the Grant County Snowballers page.
Starvation Trail #374 Open to Visitor 10/12/16:  The Starvation Trail is currently open.
Strawberry Basin Trail #375 Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Access to Strawberry Campground and the Strawberry Basin Trailhead has be closed for the winter season. Visitors will need to park at Slide Creek and ski/snowshoe up the NF-6001 rd. approximately 2 miles to reach the campground.
Strawberry Basin Trailhead Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Access to Strawberry Campground and the Strawberry Basin Trailhead has be closed for the winter season. Visitors will need to park at Slide Creek and ski/snowshoe up the NF-6001 rd. approximately 2 miles to reach the campground.
Strawberry Campground Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Access to Strawberry Campground has be closed for the winter season. Visitors will need to park at Slide Creek and ski/snowshoe up the NF-6001 rd. approximately 2 miles to reach the campground.
Strawberry Lake Trail #5004 Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Access to Strawberry Campground and the Strawberry Basin Trailhead has be closed for the winter season. Visitors will need to park at Slide Creek and ski/snowshoe up the NF-6001 rd. approximately 2 miles to reach the campground.
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Open to Visitor 11/23/16: The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area was largely burned in last season's Canyon Creek Complex Fire. While most trails have been cleared of tree hazards, be prepared for downed trees when traveling cross-country to the west of Strawberry Mountain. Winter has come to the Strawberry Mountains. Expect snow and freezing conditions. Some high elevation roads may be inaccessible to low clearance passenger vehicles. Roads may be muddy and/or washboarded.
Summit Trail #5002 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Summit Trail #5002 is open.
Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail #260 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: The Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail is open.
Sunrise Butte Trail #255 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: The Sunrise Butte Trail is open; however, while accessible, visitors should come prepared for the possibility of snow accumulation and inclement weather as we head into late fall. We recommend 4 wheel drive vehicles with clearance for exploring this area of the forest.
Sunshine Flat Trail #369 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Sunshine Flat Trail is open.
Sunshine Guard Station Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Sunshine Guard Station is open.  This site does not have an outdoor campfire ring, campfires are not allowed at this site. To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Swick Old Growth Interpretive Site Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Swick Old Growth is open.
Table Mountain A #5000 Open to Visitor 08/22/2016: Table Mountain Trail #5000 open, however, the trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees. Anticipate the potential of snow at upper elevations.
Table Mountain Trail #217 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Table Mountain Trail #217 is open, however, the trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees. Anticipate the potential of snow at upper elevations.
Table Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Table Mountain Trailhead is open, however, the trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees. Anticipate the potential of snow at upper elevations.
Table Rock Trail #365 Open to Visitor 10/01/2016: This Trail is open, however, visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the recent Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.
Tamarack Creek Trail #202 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Tamarack Creek open, however, the trail may be subject to tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
Tempest Mine Trail #256 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Tempest Mine Trail is open; however, while accessible, visitors should come prepared for the possibility of snow accumulation and inclement weather as we head into late fall. We recommend 4 wheel drive vehicles with clearance for exploring this area of the forest.
Trout Farm Campground Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Trout Farm has been closed and gated for the winter season.
Trout Farm Trail #370 Open to Visitor 11/28/16: Trout Farm Trail #370 is open, however, visitor will need to park outside of the campground as it has been gated for the winter season.
Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area Open to Visitor 11/28/16: The Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area is open; however, snowy conditions abound. Even 4 wheel drive vehicles with clearance may find travel hazardous and difficult throughout the winter season. Travel at your own risk.
West Fork Pine Creek Trail #200 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: West Fork Pine Creek Trail #200 is open, however, the trail may be subject to substantial tree fall due to recent wildfire burns. Use caution when recreating in the area. Do not camp or dawdle near hazard trees.
West Myrtle Creek Trail #314 Open to Visitor 10/12/16: West Myrtle Creek Trail is open.
Wickiup Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Wickiup Campground is open.
Yellowjacket Campground Open to Visitor 10/12/16: Yellowjacket Campground is open and the water is on.

Spotlights

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

Young Women hiking up Strawberry Basin Trail. A Wilderness boundary sign rests against a large tree

The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is located east of John Day, Oregon, in the Malheur National Forest. The area includes approximately 68,700 acres and encompasses the headwaters of Pine, Indian, Strawberry, Canyon, Bear, Lake, Wall, Roberts, and Big Creek. The area is dominated by the Strawberry Mountain Range with the highest point being Strawberry Mountain. This area has extremely diverse ecological makeup. Five of the seven major life zones in North America can be found here. It also supports native population of Rocky Mountain Elk and other wildlife. The additions including the Canyon Creek Research Natural Area have improved both the quantity and the quality of the wilderness experience.


The complex geological story of this landscape began millions of years ago with the buckling of an ancient sea floor beneath the area where the western part of the Strawberry Range now rises. Much later, volcanic ash and lava formed the eastern part of the range. Most recently, the glacial ice carved its classic signature--U-shaped valleys--into the mountains. The ice also hollowed out the rock beds that today hold the seven alpine lakes of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness--rare pleasures in the arid wilderness experience.

In a normal year, most people use the Wilderness between July and November. Snow may be encountered at higher elevations any time of the year. The climate from September is mostly mild, with clear skies. Summertime thunderstorms may occur, usually in cycles lasting several days. Daytime temperatures normally range between 30 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit; nights are cool. Freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. When you go to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, be prepared for hiking in the high country. The land is rugged, and elevations range from 4,000 to the 9,038-foot summit of Strawberry Mountain. Over a hundred miles of trails cross the wilderness, offering vista after vista to the enterprising hiker.