Barnes Butte is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Prineville, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 567 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

running

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

historic site

Awesome hike right in the heart of Prineville. The trail begins at the old ranch house and skirts the edge of some fields. Deer and other wildlife can often be seen through this area. The last half mile or so climbs steeply with some easy rock scrambling requires at the top, but the views encompass the entirety of the Prineville valley and stretch from the Cascades to the Ochocos.

hiking
1 month ago

You can’t beat the views you get of Prineville when doing this hike! Pretty steep incline but should only take 30 mins max from parking lot to the top of the butte(1.5 miles) Give yourself extra time and check out the other trails up there. There’s also an Osprey nest atop an old light pole to the right when you make the first bend. Happy hiking!

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rocky
2 months ago

It is a wonderful trail and pet friendly!! I take my cat on tons of hikes and this is a great one! Can get steep!!

hiking
3 months ago

2/2/20: Nice, fairly easy, accessible winter hike. No snow on trail, but it is a bit muddy in spots. The scramble to the top is view worthy.

walking
no shade
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

I got to the top about half hour before sunset. WOW. It was spectacular. Its a very steep climb to get there and some scrambling up rocks to get to the top. Well worth the hike.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

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6 months ago

This is a nice little hike. It was easy to get to and not too crowded. I'm sure it must get hot in warmer months.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Nice quiet trail, good views, short. Light scrambling near the top.

hiking
10 months ago

good moderate back trail.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Nice Fourth of July hike today. I think I was the only one on this trail today. Here are some tips. 1) At the parking lot. You can enter through the sign that says stay on the trail (by signage). Go about 30 ft, and a semi tracked trail goes right along the fence past the honeybucket. Follow it, as it merges to the wide dirt road (DON'T go straight in the open field)...OR you can just start at the dirt road on the backside. 2) After a mile of walking, the entrance/gate/fence to the butte summit is on the right. Its a rough service road straight up to the saddle (10%-20% grade straight up....no switchbacks). Some huge horseflies halfway (by the two mine holes) buzzing around....but they leave you alone (I also has Deet 40% lotion on). Once at the saddle, go left to the Barnes butte. Steep trail, and a little brief scramble up to the top (its flat and lots of room). Btw, if you go right at the saddle, there is a clear trail you can see. Its optional if you want to do that as well.

hiking
11 months ago

great trail with nice views. good early morning stretch ample parking and facilities. only 2 other people on the trail. lower canal road is great for those who don't want the hill and there are other spur trails as yet unknown where they go.

11 months ago

Nice trails but they are not marked well. Just a map at t He trail head.

Mon Feb 18 2019

Great weekday hike for before/ after work.

Fri Dec 14 2018

Beautiful day for a hike. this was a nice hike

Sun Sep 23 2018

Great hike. Right out my back yard

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16 days ago

recorded Recording - May 13, 6:25 PM

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