Obsidian Hiker Trailhead

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/13/22: Highway 242 closed Oct. 21, 2021 for winter season.
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242) which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions.  
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or a valid recreation pass. No payment accepted onsite.
Permit Info: Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between June 15 and October 15 for both day and overnight use at this trailhead. Check out Recreation.gov for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Sisters, OR
Water: No potable (drinking) water
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment.
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information


From McKenzie Bridge, OR, drive east on Highway 126 about 2 miles to the junction of Highway 242. Travel northeast 17 miles on Highway 242 to Forest Road 250. Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 250, and turn right at the next Y junction. At the next Y junction, turn right and follow the loop to the far end to find Obsidian Hiker Trailhead.

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