North Fork Malheur Trail #381

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail has a foot bridge that crosses the North Fork Malheur Wild and Scenic River at the trailhead, then goes along the west side of the river into an incredible remote canyon.  The remote canyon allows visitors to see beautiful geological features.  In the spring and early summer visitors can see beautiful wildflowers.

Rattle snakes are known to inhabit the area please use caution when recreating.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/17/2020: The trail is open. The trail has been cleared of downed trees and debris. 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: Prairie City, OR

General Information


From Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street.  Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left onto Bridge Street and continue past the cemetary, the road then becomes County Road 62.  Follow County Road 62 approximately 19 miles to the junction with Forest Road 16.  Turn east onto Forest Road 16 and follow for approximatley 11 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1675.  Follow Forest  Road 1675 for approximatley 2 miles to the campground.

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Mountain Biking

Visitors to the area can enjoy a beautiful mountain bike ride through an incredible canyon.  This 12.4 mile trail allows visitors access through a remote area, giving the opportunity for solitude.  Traveling along the beautiful North Fork Malheur Wild and Scenic River.

The North Fork of the Malheur River is one of three destinations on the Malheur National Forest (Princess Trail (area is unavailable)) selected by the Eastern Oregon Trail Alliance (EOTA) and the US Forest Service to best serve the needs and interests of mountainbikers.

The North Fork, Malheur River Trail is, perhaps, our best suited trail for mountainbiking. Developed camping opportunities can be found at the trail’s northernmost trailhead, as well as dispersed sites along the trail’s length. The trail is predominantly composed of mellow, rolling grades; one of few singletrack opportunities in the area well-suited for singlespeed riders. Segments of this trail can be chunky with rock debris and roots. Occasional, steep trailside embankments, pose high consequence should a rider take an ill-timed spill.

Rattle snakes are found in the area please be prepared and be heads up as you are riding through the area.

Fat tire bicycle rests on wooden bridge over the North Fork of the Malheur Scenic Riverway



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  Area/Length : 
12.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
4000 - 4880