Cougar West Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Cougar Trail logout

This trailhead is located near the northern boundary of Ochoco National Forest and provides access to the western terminus of Cougar Trail (#835).  

In the summer of 2014, the Bailey Butte fire burned through this area and much of the damage is still visible. Forest Service crews have spent considerable time clearing and stabilizing trails, and removing hazard trees. 

Please be cautions in this area as not all of the hazards can be mitigated.

At a Glance

Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: This is a free facility.
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: Prineville, 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 Prineville, Oregon:

Head east for approximately 28 miles on Highway 26.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 27 and head west for approximately 5 Miles.  

Stay right at the junction of Forest Service Road 27 and Forest Service Road 250 to merge onto Forest Service Road 250.  

Stay on Forest Service Road 250 for approximately 4 miles.  

Turn right onto Forest Service Road 2735 and proceed for approximately 4 miles.

Cougar West Trailhead will be on your right just before Forest Service Road 2735 makes a very sharp left turn.

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Parking: Parking is available in the parking lot, and can accommodate a variety of vehicle sizes.

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