High Prairie Trail #493


This trail offers a rare panorama of the Columbia River Plateau and the Badger Creek Wilderness. It overlooks every Cascade peak from the Three Sisters to Mount Rainier. Excellent views of wildflowers usually between May-June. 

This loop trail can be done in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Travelling clockwise, head south from Forest Road 4420 0.01 mile to the junction with the west portion of this trail (#493). Continue south 1.2 miles to the junction with Divide Trail #458. To reach the summit of Lookout Mountain, turn left (east) and travel 300 feet. To complete the High Prairie Trail loop, turn right (west) on Divide Trail #458 and travel 0.25 mile to the junction with the west portion of this trail. Turn right (north) on this trail (#493) and travel 1.1 miles along the west end of the High Prairie to return to the trailhead at Forest Road 4420.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply. Hiker only. No horses, motor bikes or mountain bikes allowed on the trail.
Closest Towns: Dufur, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault or Pit Toilet (1) at trailhead
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District - Dufur Ranger Station

General Information


From Hood River, OR Drive 26.5 , miles south on Hwy 35. From Hwy. 35 turn off at road 44 (Dufur Mill Road). Turn east on this paved road for 3.8 miles and then turn off onto gravel High Prairie Road 4410.

After 4.7 miles, (always keep turning uphill), reach a T-shaped intersection where the gravel road turns to dirt. Turn left for 200 yards and park at the trailhead parking lot.

Posts block vehicles from the old summit road - now a hiking trail.



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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
5800' - 6400'