Big Creek Trail #3151

Area Status: Open

This 6.3 mile trail travels within North Fork John Day Wilderness near Big Creek. It runs southwest from Big Creek Meadows Campground and Trailhead off of Forest Service Road 52 to  Oriental Creek Trailhead on Forest Service Road 5506 near Oriental Campground.

Trail map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/30/19 - cleared From NFJD river trail to first crossing of Big Creek approximately 1.5 miles. Also cleared 2 miles down trail from Big Creek Meadows CG (52road). Please call the North Fork John Day Ranger District Office for up-to-date information.
Fees: No fee.
Open Season: Late May
Restrictions: Wilderness Restrictions Apply
  • Trail closed to all motorized and mechanized equipment, including mountain bikes and carts.
  • Weed-free feed is required for stock animals.
Closest Towns: Ukiah, Oregon
Information Center: North Fork John Day Ranger District 

General Information


Big Creek Trailhead: 

From the Ukiah, Oregon: Turn-off on Highway 395, travel south about 15 miles and turn left (east) onto Forest Service Road 55. Drive 13 miles east along the North Fork John Day River, passing Oriental Campground. Just after the campground, cross a cement bridge and the Big Creek Trailhead is on the right (south). The last 5 miles of road is not maintained for passenger cars. To access the wilderness, travel another 3 miles east on the washed out road and cross a wooden bridge.

Big Creek Meadows:

From Ukiah, Oregon: Travel east for about 23 miles on Forest Service Road 52 to the Forest Service Road 5226/5225 junction. Turn right (south) onto Forest Service Road 5225 and go a couple hundred yards, then turn right onto Forest Service Road 5225020. Follow this road about 0.5 miles to a bridge. Once across the bridge, turn left and travel a short distance to Big Creek Meadows Campground and Trailhead.


This trailhead was originally located at the end of Forest Service Road 5506; however flood damage to the road in 2011 caused the trailhead to be moved just east of Oriental Creek.  The current location has a parking area for 2-3 trucks w/trailers, as well as a toilet and interpretive sign located on the campground (west) side of the creek.


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

The area is signed. This trail can be used as a day hike out of the Big Creek Meadows Campground.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking: See activity description under Day Hiking.

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding: See activity description under Day Hiking.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles

  Elevation : 
3,350' - 5,200'