Kelsey Trailhead

Area Status: Open

This trailhead is located slightly west of Cottonwood Trailhead and Payten Trailhead. It provides access to the Kelsey Trail (#820C), which connects to Black Canyon Trail (#820) within Black Canyon Wilderness. Keep a keen eye out for the trailhead because it is not well marked and there is limited roadside parking.

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At a Glance

Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: This is a free facility.
Permit Info: Please fill out a Wilderness Registration Permit located in the box attached to the sign board and place it in the slot before beginning your hike.
Restrictions: This is a Day-Use only facility.  No overnight camping is permitted at trailheads or Sno-Parks on the Ochoco National Forest or Crooked River National Grassland.
Closest Towns: Mitchell, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Paulina, Oregon:

Head east on Paulina-Suplee Highway for 3.5 miles to County Road 113 (Beaver Creek Road).

Turn north (left) onto County Road 113 (Beaver Creek Road) and continue for 8 miles to the Ochoco National Forest boundary. 

At the boundary, County Road 113 (Beaver Creek Road) becomes Forest Service Road 58. 

Continue on Forest Service Road 58 for approximately 1.5 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 5810. 

Continue for 12 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 5810, Forest Service Road 200, and Forest Service Road 38. 

Turn right onto Forest Service Road 38 and proceed for approximately 9 miles. 

Kelsey Trailhead will be on your right.

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