Battle Ax Creek Trail #3339

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

This 4 mile trail described from east to west initially climbs to Beachie Saddle at the Opal Creek Wilderness boundary. The trail then starts decending along the Battle Ax creek drainage. The trail currently lies where an old logging road was once located. The logging road was constructed prior to the inclusion of the Opal Creek area into the Wilderness Preservation System. In most places it is rather obvious that the current trail was at one time a road. This trail does not offer many views.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/13/2022: Trail burnt over in Beachie Creek Fire. No site assessment possible due to safety hazards. Site hazards will be addressed in 2022 or 2023. See map of Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fire closure areas.
Permit Info: Wilderness Self-Issue Permit required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon
Water: No potable water. Battle Ax and other small creeks. Water from streams and lakes should be filtered.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


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Battle Ax #3339 Trail Map

Click on the image above or here for a PDF trail map.

Close to:


3 - 5 vehicles at Battle Ax Creek Trailhead.

120 vehicles at Opal Creek Gate Trailhead.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
4 miles

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  Elevation : 
2700 feet - 4500 feet