Myrtle Creek Trail #308


Area Status: Open

Follow the 8 mile Myrtle Creek Trail as it meanders past old growth ponderosa pines, across stream banks lined with willows and through meadows fo spring wildflowers as it follows Myrtle Creek along a gentle canyon on its way to the Silvies River.  Pause on your way to view the eroding outcroppings of welded tuft which offer glimpses of the geological forces that shaped this region of the country.

At mile 2, the trail meets with the West Myrtle Trail #314 connecting from the northwest.  Hikers can continue downstream for another 5 miles before encountering the FL Spring Trail #B-5065 junction joining from the northeast.  The trail continues downstream for another mile before ending at private land.  This is not a loop trail.  The trail receives light use and has not been maintained. 

A small picnic area is located at the Myrtle Creek Trailhead with fire ring and picnic table.

Printable Trail Map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 08/12/2022: The trail is open. 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: Motorized use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Burns, OR

General Information

Directions:

From Burns, OR., travel approximately  2.8 miles east on US Highway 20 east/US Highway 395 north.  Make a left turn onto US Highway 395 and travel north towards John Day, OR.  Follow US Highway 395 approximately 15.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 31.  Follow Forest Road 31 approximately 13.1 miles to Forest Road 226.  Follow Forest Road 226 approximately 0.1 miles to the trailhead.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

This trail is a great place for those wishing to get away for a quiet ride.  The trail is 7.5 miles and becomes more strenuous after the first few miles, when it connects with FL Spring Trail #B-5065. The trail meanders past old growth ponderosa pines, across stream banks lined with willows and through meadows of spring wildflowers as it follows Myrtle Creek along a gentle canyon on its way to the Silvies River.

River and Stream Fishing

There are good fishing opportunities in Myrtle Creek. Visitors should check with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for regulations, rules and limits for fishing in Oregon.

Day Hiking

Myrtle Creek is an 8 mile hike that allows visitors a glimpse of old growth ponderosa pine trees, beautiful spring wildflowers, willows all following Myrtle Creek as it meanders down to the Silvies River.  Hikers can enjoy interesting geological features by taking a time out of their hike to see the eroding outcropping of welded tuft that were formed from geological forces.  This trail is open to mountain bikes and horse back riding but is not an OHV trail. 

This trail is used by horse and mountain bike riders, please be prepared to share the trail.

Horse Riding

Visitors that wish to enjoy a quiet ride through old growth ponderosa pine stands along a beautiful creek will enjoy the Myrtle Creek Trail.  The trail is also used by hikers and mountain bikers.  Visitors are asked to be prepared to share the trail. 

Viewing Wildlife

A wide range of animals call the area home, from big game animals such as prong horn antelope and mule deer to various species of birds such as magpies, and eagles.  Smaller creatures like squirrels and chipmunks are abundant in the area.  Enjoy a beautiful hike and keep your eyes open for all sorts of creatures that call the area home.

Viewing Plants

Visitors to the trail will travel past ponderosa pines, willows and spring wildflowers of various types.  A beautiful area to enjoy a wide variety of plants.

Viewing Scenery

Visitors will enjoy beautiful scenery along this trail.  The trail meanders along Myrtle Creek, allowing visitors to see eroding outcroppings of welded tuft, allowing a glimpse of the geological forces that shaped the region.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.9 miles

  Latitude : 
43.956505

  Longitude : 
-119.0790

  Elevation : 
4800 - 5300