Hanan Trail #142


This historic trail accesses the Hanan Roadless Area and the headwaters of the Sycan River, a designated National Wild and Scenic River. This trail was a part of the earliest transportation route into the upper Sycan River country, pioneered by John Hanan, an early settler of the Summer Lake valley. Archaeological evidence suggests that portions of this trail follow a prehistoric seasonal migration route used by the American Indians to travel from the Chewaucan Basin to Sycan Marsh. Historically the trail was marked with vertically aligned rectangular blazes on the trees and with rock cairns. Some of these original markers can still be seen and the Forest Service has managed this trail to retain and replace this marking system in kind.

Another interesting feature of this trail is the fact that it crosses the divide between the Great Basin and the Pacific drainages on the top of Bear Creek Rim. An interpretive sign located at this point informs the trail user about this fact. This spot is a great place to take a break and sit on the edge of the rim to soak in the great views of the forest, Summer Lake basin, and the mountainous high desert off to the east.

The trail passes through a number of diverse environments including mixed conifer old growth stands, quaking aspen groves, a large scab-rock flat, dense stands of lodgepole pine, and large open upland meadows. The grades found on this trail are gentle except for one grade climbing from the head of the Sycan River to the top of Bear Creek Rim which is about 10% for approximately ½ mile.

Small stream fishing for native redband trout is available in the Sycan River adjacent to the first 4 miles of the northwestern portion of this trail. Wildlife viewing is very good in this area and seasonal wildflowers are found in the two large upland meadows found next to this trail and in the riparian area of the Sycan River.

If you are looking for a place that offers peace and solitude, you can find it it on the Hanan Trail.

At a Glance

Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Motorized use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Paisley, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Paisley Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

Sycan Marsh Area:

Sycan Marsh area


Hanan/Coffeepot Trailhead: From Paisley Ranger District office, go 0.5 miles north on Hwy 31, and turn left on Mill Street. Mill Street becomes Forest Road 3315 at the "Y" junction. Stay to the right and continue on Forest Road 3315 for 18 miles. Hanan Trail directional sign is on the western side of the road just past milepost 18 marker. Turn west into trailhead.

Hanan/Sycan Trailhead: From the Paisley Ranger District Office, drive 11 miles north of Paisley, OR on Hwy 31. Turn left on Forest Road 29 "Government Harvey Road." Go 10 miles to the top of Winter Rim and turn left. Stay on Road 29 for 2 more miles. At the junction with paved Forest Road 28, turn left and go 4.5 miles. The trailhead directional sign is located on the left (east) side of the road near where it crosses the Sycan River. This trailhead is surrounded by a pole fence.


Mountain Biking

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
8.0 miles

  Elevation : 
6640 feet - 7460 feet