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Badlands Rock, Flatiron, Ancient Juniper Trail Loop

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Oregon Badlands Wilderness

Badlands Rock, Flatiron, Ancient Juniper Trail Loop is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bend, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 459 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

This trail gives you a real taste of the central Oregon dessert. The path has little elevation change and offers glimpses of unique rock formations. On a clear day there are beautiful views of the Cascades. Desert flowers bloom in the spring. This area gets VERY hot in the summer. Bring ample water with you.

bureau of land management, Prineville District (541) 416-6700

Take hwy 20 east out of Bend, just past milepost 17 turn left onto a paved road. Drive appx 1.5 miles on the paved road untill you come to the BLM interpretive sign. park at the sign just off the road and head north along the jeep trail. When you come to the three way fork in the road, take the middle path. Upon completion of the loop, backtrack from your car apx .5 miles untill you see a jeep trail on your left. Follow the jeep trail about 1 mile untill you reach the mouth of the dry river gorge.

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Dennis Martin
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Hiking

Great hike through the Juniper forest with lots of sun and little shade. Bring extra water if you’re hiking in the summer.

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Merriel Ater
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Hiking

Poor signage! Very pretty wildflowers right now. Worth it for a long sunny stroll.

Christine Kasberger
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Hiking

I did a 12 ish mile loop today plus a 1 mile detour off the loop due to poor signage. Overall a nice outing for a winter hike.

Leif Wisdahl
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rather undescript. The junipers are very old even though they aren't huge. If you know where to go off trail in the badlands you can find some pictographs however.

Karen Von Clezie
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Great trail - awesome nature and beautiful trees!

Coreen Smith
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Backpacking

Easy hike. Trails are well maintained and easily identifiable. Numerous options to determine how far you want to hike.

Linda Roberson
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Hiking

This trail gives you a real taste of the central Oregon dessert. Mostly level and sand to take home in your shoes

Jimm Burton
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Mountain biking

Take water. This is the desert. Great area for hiking or mtn biking. As you are going east on HWY 20 from Bend, the parking lot is at mile marker 16 - not a lot of signage. On a clear day - beautiful views of the Cascades. Great desert flowers at the right times.

Aden G.
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Hiking

The Flatiron loop trail in Oregon Badlands Wilderness offers subtle attractions. Lava flows, bright, small flowers (in season), tall junipers, and gradual changes in the microenvironment. Folks have wandered bit to explore the lava flows so make sure you don't lose your route.

Monica Stringer
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Hiking

This is one of my very favorite places. It's an easy hike, very flat desert land all the way out. The sand makes it feel like you are walking farther than you actually are though. The rock formations are cool, and you can do some bouldering and scrambling out there at various secret spots. I've always wanted to hike out and camp out there, but I haven't done it yet. This is my zen hike for sure. Also, it is EXTREMELY hot in the summer. There is hardly any shade..this is the DESERT. Bring lots of water and wear sunblock!

Erica K.
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Walking

Flatiron rock loop is great, we really enjoyed this walk- not too much of a hike, no real elevation gain in this part. Bring plenty of water though as it is a desert and very dry/dusty in the summer especially. Beautiful and enjoyable.

Gloria B.
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Hiking

We completed the Flatiron Rock trail yesterday morning. Beautiful sunny day with light wind. Perfect for a hike like this. Very little elevation change. Trail surface was soft sand most of the way. We spent time hanging out at Flatiron Rock taking photos. Scenery was amazing. We were able to see 10 mountain peaks in the distance. See link below for additional trail information.

Mike Taylor
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We hit this on a beautiful February day. Shot some video check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP6DqdvpXt4

Brian Fanning
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K O.
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Reenie Gastineau
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Mason Kincaid
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K O.
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Courtney Jett
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Ian Kimball
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Jake Hall
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Bettie Deike
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Stacie Bushaw
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Rowan Williams
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Mark Koozer
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Barb K.
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Reenie Gastineau
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Barb K.
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Jodi Bigness
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Roger Miller
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