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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Day Hiking

Cross over the foot bridge the spans the North Fork Malheur Wild and Scenic River at the trailhead to access this beautiful trail. This 12.4 mile trail leads hikers through a beautiful and remote canyon.  In the spring and early summer hikers can enjoy beautiful wildflowers.  Throughout the year hikers may see a variety of wildlife which range from big game such as Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule deer to a large variety of birds including turkey, grouse and even water foul such as ducks and geese.

Horse and mountain bike riders also use this trail so please be heads up and be prepared to share the trail.

Be aware that rattle snakes are in the area, please use caution and be prepared.

Rocky bend of the wooded North Fork of the Malheur Scenic River. Shale debris lines the shore

Horse Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
12.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
4000 - 4880