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Bonanza Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 3,034 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Blowdown

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Reviews (35)
Photos (40)
Recordings (22)
Completed (49)
Andy Schultz
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Hiking

A nice accent. Be sure and check topography when you get to the top. Go a little further to get to peak of Huckleberry Mountain. Not much of a view anywhere up there, so knowing you’re at the highest point may be the only satisfaction you’re gonna get for going as far as you did. Haha. The trail is a little overgrown in places. Not much traffic up high. Quite a little down low though. Lots of spider webs to run into. Good thing about that is if you catch them all going up then you won’t have so many to run through on the way back down.

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Amanda Fontenot
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Hiking

The first 1.75 miles was okay, kinda over grown but followable. After that it was so overgrown we questioned if we were still on the real trail. Ended up turning around due to it just not being fun and or fear of getting lost or hurt. Great swimming hole around 1.25 miles.

Nicholas Fondersmith
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Darcy Smith
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

The best part is up to where the trail drops to the river. About 1.5 mi. After that it’s just a good workout. A few views along the way but nothing to see at the top even if you go up to Huckleberry mountain. Never seen Rhododendrons in the wild but they were everywhere after the river spot.

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Tim Kirkpatrick
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Hiking

Trail is now open. Be prepared to wade across Little Cheney Creek about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. The trailhead is at the end of Grove Ave there is space for 3 cars (usually sufficient). There is private property on both sides of the trail for the first 1/4 mile up.

Jency Chavez
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Closed due to cvoid

Jason Controy
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Meaghan Summerbell Burggraf
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Took our three dogs out. We only hiked up to the waterfall. Pretty easy hike minus the muddy spots. Would do again for sure. Didn’t see anyone at all.

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Carolyn Walker
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Hiked this 10/27/19. Directions to the trailhead are confusing. Park at the bridge, then walk to Grove Ave, turn left, trailhead is at the end of the street (all the other streets end at a fenced off area and on private residential property - a homeowner was kind enough to let us cross through his property and got us pointed in the right direction). The first 2 miles are beautiful and worth it - secluded, mild-moderate trail, couple of stream crossings (no bridges, so the dog plunged ahead while I picked my way across the rocks), and a beautiful little waterfall with a turquoise pool. After that it's all hard uphill with no views or big payoff other than the extreme workout you'll get. Definitely some narrow sections due to eroding soil this time of year - some just wide enough for my boot, but nothing too concerning. I can see how it might get pretty dicey in some places with snow this year, as the drop offs can be very steep. Poles are strongly recommended, and I wouldn't suggest this for beginners or families with young kids. Someone else mentioned they wouldn't recommend this one for dogs. I guess it depends on the dog - mine had a blast and aside from being tired (because let's face it, it's a long uphill trail and he carries his own pack), had no problems. While it wasn't the most precarious hike he and I have done, it definitely was among the most taxing we've done to date.

Bruce Mcallister
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Hiking

Park by the bridge and the trailhead is at the end of Water st, easy to access. The first mile is easy alongside the stream and there weren’t any difficult stream crossings. The mine has water in it and not very interesting but a good place to stop and refuel. The rest of the way up is tough and is a good workout, the campsite is at the trail junction at the end of the route.

Julia B.
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Hiking

Intense hike on a warm day! My knees felt like they were going to snap on the way down. Incredible scenery.

Megan Villwock
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Gorgeous! Didn't see another soul.

Logan Jones
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Hiking

This is a workout. Very peaceful and serene -never saw another human. The start is confusing as mentioned, have to cross a large stream (I slipped and dunked my leg which made for a soggy 10 miles), but if you’re looking to tune out and burn some calories, check it out. If you’re looking for Instagram worth photos, check in elsewhere.

Adrian Bartley
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Dear lord, talk about an ass kicker! Just constant uphill for 4.5 miles. The only reason to do this trail is for the challenge cuz there’s nothing else. No big waterfall, no epic views

Evan home slice
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Hiking

The start of this trail is hard to figure out because the footbridge is washed out near the creek. Before this, there isn't really any indications where to find the area where you should park to get on trail in first place. Also there is a place about .5 mile into hike where logs are strewn across so you won't go uphill, etc. Anyways, we crossed roaring creek on a fallen log to make it onto other side, and then was able to get onto trail. First mile or so is pretty easy and flat, but then it climbs up pretty fast. The bonanza mine is interesting to see but the trail is narrow in general and steep on both sides...not recommended for families or kids, etc. I agree mileage seems incorrect on trail. We didn't make it to the top but someone had gps device that said we hiked 4 miles, which was around the mine location halfway up the trail. So somehow the mileage is off 2-4 miles or something just to get to top...but not sure how accurate those devices are.

Jeanne-Marie Giard
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Hiking

This is a very difficult trail. I did it on May 2nd and there was still some water to hike through. I ended up hiking the trail with wet feet. : ( And unfortunately the last 0.5 mile at the top wasn't opened, due to snow. But still, great workout.

William Reynolds
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Hiking

Took our dog, great trail to avoid the crowds, saw one other person in 4.5 hours out on the trail on a beautiful Saturday over 4th of July weekend. Distance is a bit off, really around 11 miles round trip. The first 2 miles is a leisurely stroll, and then you climb around 2,500' over 3.5 miles, so a good workout. Not the hike for amazing views, the 'end' is really just a trail intersection, not an amazing vista. There's a clearing a few hundred to the left of the trail intersection, but nothing spectacular. Go to enjoy the forest and peaceful quiet, not for the views.

Anna Ropalo
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Hiking

Painfully difficult, but worth every step. This trail is STEEP. Definitely not something for inexperienced hikers or anyone with respiratory problems. You'll be wheezing even with a healthy set of lungs, but if you can make it to the end, you won't regret it. Beautiful trail, beautiful hike. Start early, and bring extra water.

Aimee Stuart
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First to Review

This is an awesome trail but it is brutal. This says it's 7.8 miles but is you start at the trailhead and all the way up is about 11.8 miles. It is so steep. I'm a recreational hiker, I hike a lot but I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but this was a very difficult hike at times. It's close to 5000 ft. And at one point it climbs 2,800 feet in 3.5 miles to the ridgetop. And that's freaking steep. Take lots of water and food. Go early. It took me almost 7 hours. I wouldn't recommend taking dogs. It's very narrow and too much for a dog in my opinion. And definitely not for children or inexperienced hikers or people who are out of shape. Your heart will be going like you just ran a marathon. I could stand up straight and then stretch out my hands and touch the trail. That's how steep it was. I'd say it's a 9/10 for difficultly. Have fun! So beautiful. Take bug repellent and your camera. Go early. Also keep in mind you are climbing a mountain. It's freaking hard but worth it.

Susan Steffey
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Paul Dragulin
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Amber Ford
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Kim Perez
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Kim Perez
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Valerie Bauer
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