McClellan Trailhead


Area Status: Open
Image of the wooden sign indicating the McClellan Mountain Trailhead

This trailhead accesses the nonmotorized McClellan Mountain Trail, #216. The trail is in a semi-primitive roadless area allowing hikers a great place to get away and enjoy a quiet place to hike.  The trail leads hikers to Fields Peak as well as McClellan Mountain and connects over to the Riley Creek Trail #216A.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/08/2021: The trailhead is open. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Some roads become impassible due to snow, ice or mud during the winter months. 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.
Fees: No fee
Closest Towns: Mt Vernon, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From John Day, OR, travel west approximately 18 miles on Highway 26 to the junction with Forest Road 21.  Drive south on Forest Road 21, approximately 4.5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 115.  Proceed east on Forest Road 115 approximately 1/2 mile to the junction with Forest Road 2160. Travel south on Forest Road 2160 approximately 1/4 mile to the junction with Forest Road 2160-041. Continue traveling south on 2160-041 to the trailhead.


Activities

Dispersed Camping

The trailhead does offer undeveloped camping, which includes a fire ring for those wishing to camp. 

Day Hiking

The trailhead is the start of the McClellan Mountain Trail #216.  The trail will lead visitors past Fields Peak as well as McClellan Mountain and connects to Riley Creek Trail #216A.  The trail is nonmotorized, semi-preimitive roadless area, allowing for a quiet hike in an area that is lightly used.

Backpacking

Viewing Wildlife

The trailhead and McClellan Mountain Trail are both excellent areas for wildlife viewing.  Visitors to the area may see deer, elk, big horn sheep, wild horses and a large variety of birds as well as smaller creatures such as squirrels and chipmunks. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.33301623

  Longitude : 
-119.2035958

  Elevation : 
5600