Princess Trailhead West

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trailhead is the starting point for the 9.3 mile Princes Trail #251 (area is unavailable) that 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 with 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: 9/17/2020:  The trailhead is open. 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
Closest Towns: John Day, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From John Day, OR., travel east on US Highway 26 for approximately 30 miles to the junction with US Highway 7.  Follow US Highway 7 approximately 1 mile to the junction with County Road 20.  Follow County Road 20 approximately 13 miles to Forest Service Road 45.  Follow Forest Service Road 45 for approximately 10 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 4500537.  Drive east on Forest Service Road 4500537 for approximately 2 miles to the Head O'Boulder Camp.

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Mountain Biking

The Vinegar Hill Scenic Area is one of three destinations on the Malheur National Forest ( (area is unavailable), McClellan Mountain Trail, & North Fork Malheur Trail) selected by the Grant County Central Oregon Trail Alliance and the US Forest Service to best serve the needs and interests of mountainbikers.

While this trail offers phenomenal terrain for the adventurous cyclist to explore, this is a multiuse (motorized use prohibited) route. Cyclists will encounter terrain which exceeds ideal grades and switchbacks and turns exceeding ideal turning radiuses. Down trees are very likely to be encountered intermittently. This is not a looped route, however, those experienced in route finding and up for a spectacular and arduous adventure can fabricate loop routes utilizing surrounding USFS gravel roads and single track trails.

This trail is shared with other visitors including horseback riders; use caution and courtesy when sharing the trail.

Cyclist stands next to her fat tired bike along the Princess Trail near Indian Rock


Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult


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