Vinegar Hill Indian Rock Scenic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located in the northeast part of the Forest, this high elevation area provides spectacular vistas of the North Fork John Day Wilderness, the Middle and North Fork drainages of the John Day River, and the peaks of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness to the south. The area has a rich history and active and decaying remains of mines can be seen. The area provides unfettered opportunities for solitude and isolation except during big-game hunting seasons.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 01/22/2021: The area is open, however, roads leading into the area may be impassible to passenger vehicles due to snow, mud and ice. Pack it in/Pack it out- anything you bring with you into the forest, please take home with you. This includes packing out all trash – yours and others. Examples: cigarette butts, cans, bottles, and food.  Please follow local and state health guidelines. 
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Austin Junction, OR

General Information


From Prairie City, OR., follow US Highway 26 for approximately 2 miles to the junction with US Highway 7.  Follow US Highway 7 approximately 1 mile to the junction with County Road 20.  Follow County Road 20 approximately 11 miles to the junction with Forest Road 45.  Follow Forest Road 45 approximately 4 miles where you will reach the boundary of this scenic area.

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