Payten Trailhead

Area Status: Open

This trailhead is located near 760 Reservoir and provides access to Payten Trail (#820D) which drops into Black Canyon Wilderness from the north.

Almost directly across Forest Service Road 38 is the Cottonwood Trailhead, which provides access to the eastern end of the Ochoco Mountain Trail (#823).  

Access to Payten Trailhead can be rough and the parking area at the trailhead is rather small, so please plan the vehicles you bring strategically.

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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: Paulina, 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 1 mile and turn left onto Forest Service Road 5810. 

Continue for 11 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 12 miles. 

Payten Trailhead will be on your right.

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