Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This 9.3 mile trail provides access to the Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area, which is non-motorized.  During the summer months this trail offers visitors a beautiful, quiet place to hike in areas that offer scenic vista's, as well as cooling shade from patches of timber.  This trail's highest use period is in the fall during big game hunting seasons. Parking is VERY limited. The last 5 miles of Forest Service Road 2010 are not maintained for passenger vehicles. Vehicles with 4X4 capabilities are recommended.

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.  
Open Season: june
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized use prohibited.
Closest Towns: John Day, OR

General Information


From John Day, OR., travel east on US Highway 26 for approximately 30 miles to US Highway 7, at Austin Junction. Drive north on US Highway 7 for one mile to County Road 20. Drive northwest on County Road 20 for approximately 2 1/2 miles to Forest Service Road 2010. Drive north on Forest Service Road 2010 for approximately 13 miles to the junction of Forest Service road 2010 and 2010148. To access the west trailhead at Head O Boulder Camp, continue driving northeast on County Road 20 from US Highway 7 for approximately 13 miles to Forest Service Road 45. Drive north on Forest Service road 45 for 10 miles to Forest Service Road 4500537. Drive east on Forest Service Road 4500537 for approximately 2 miles to Head O Boulder Camp.

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  Area/Length : 
9.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
7000 - 7400