Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail leads to Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area. This trail is low use during the early part of the summer, making the trail a great place for those looking to hike in an area with more solitude.  The road leading to the trail is very rough, please use caution when driving to the trailhead.  Its high use period is in the fall during big game hunting seasons.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 01/22/2021:  The trail 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
Restrictions: Motorized use prohibited in the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area.
Closest Towns: John Day, OR

General Information


From the town of Prairie City, OR., travel east on US Highway 26 approximately 13 miles to the junction with US Highway 7, at Austin Junction. Follow US Highway 7 for one mile to the junction with County Road 20.  Follow County Road 20 for approximately 2.5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2010. Follow Forest Road 2010 for approximately 8 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2010219.  Forest Road 2010 is accessible but is very under maintained, parking is VERY limited and not available for stock trailers.  It is recommended to drive a high clearance vehicle on this road.


Parking is very limited at the trailhead.  There is no room for parking stock trailers at the trailhead.  The road to the trailhead is very under maintained, high clearance vehicles are recommended on this road.

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2.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
5600 - 6400