East Fork Canyon Creek Trail #211

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

photo of trail in wilderness

This trail accesses the Canyon Creek Natural Area -- a unique park like stand of old growth ponderosa pine within Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This trail offers both low and high elevation life zones to explore.  The first 1/2 mile of the trail heads slightly downhill across some rocky areas.  The rest of the trail has a fairly gentle grade, and it is not very rocky; it is mostly dirt and pine needle surface.  There is a wide variety of campsites along this trail.

The trail passes through magnificent old growth Ponderosa Pine, Grand Fir and Western Larch (Tamarack) also take note of the Alder, Sedges and other wetland plants.  There are some interesting wet meadows in the first couple of miles of the trail.

East Fork Canyon Creek offers good native cutthroat trout fishing.

East Fork Canyon Creek Trail Brochure

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/12/2021: The trail is reachable. Please if you 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: Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Closest Towns: John Day, OR
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information


From John Day, OR., travel south on US Highway 395 to the junction with County Road 65.  Follow County Road 65 south approximately 4 miles to the junction with the Forest Road 6510. Follow Forest Road 6510 to the junction with Forest Road 812. Take Forest Road 812 to the trailhead at the end of the road.



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  Area/Length : 
9.9 miles

  Elevation : 
4500 - 7200