Glade Creek Trail is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bates, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible from June until September.
Directions from Dale: From Highway 395 near Dale, head east 10 miles on Forest Road #10 towards Olive Lake. Turn Left on Forest Road #1010 and travel approx. 10 miles to the trailhead on the north side of the road.
This is definitely a long hike, the first 4-5 miles are gradually downhill through some nice scenic forests, burnt a few years ago in a lot of places though. The last stretch is the harder part, switchbacks take you down to the river, and once you get close the trail is overgrown with bushes and stuff so you have to push them aside to see the trail, and you have to cross a couple little creeks too. The trail ends at the North Fork of the John Day river, but there is nowhere at all good to camp on that side of it, so we had to cross, so be sure to bring some water shoes or sandals. It is a real nice campsite right next to the river, lots of trees and spots for tents and hammocks. The hike out is the harder part, but not too bad, be sure to have plenty of water, you have to go probably 4 miles from the river before you come to a stream you could purify water from. Overall I'd say it much more moderate than difficult, the trail is small and hard to see some places, but there was never any trees or things blocking it. Good hike for a one or two night backpacking trip.