Looking for a great trail near Frenchglen, Oregon? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Frenchglen Hotel State Heritage Site, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 2 moderate trails in Frenchglen ranging from 2.5 to 19 miles and from 5,328 to 9,517 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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The hike is challenging from a terrain perspective but short and beautiful! I would highly recommend. Four of us did it, 90 minutes down and an hour back up. Take your fly rod, you won’t be disappointed.

Backpacked here 9/22-9/23. Set up camp along the stream at 6.7 miles and then took an evening stroll a couple miles more down the trail through incredible aspen forests and turned around at the waterfall. Streams were very manageable to cross either by taking shoes off and walking across barefoot or rock stepping. Although caution for slippery rocks

Incredible hike! Ran down the trail and took a dive into the lake. I would rate this hike difficult for steepness though.

This trail was beautiful in late September with the aspens starting to change color and a dusting of snow up above on the Steens. It should really be rated moderate instead of hard, the grade is very gentle and would be great for a trail run. I brought trekking poles with me but never needed to use them. Even the creek crossings at this time of year were easy, about ankle deep. I did this as a day hike in 6 hours. I recommend going an extra half mile or so past where the trail ends on AllTrails, the trail continues and goes through some pretty magical aspen groves around mile 7. There are good campsites here as well, along the river. I hardly saw anyone else on my hike, so there should be no problem finding a good campsite. The last mile is a bit overgrown in sections, so I would recommend pants. It's evident that they've been working to cut back the sagebrush from the trail though, so it's mostly well defined and easy to follow. The grasshoppers are out in force right now, every step you take sends them flying! They're a little annoying, but also pretty in all their colors. Gorgeous, scenic hike.

Tough loop trail. In and out at each gorge would be great. Up and over is a really tough haul. Hot with little shade on trail and no shade on up and over. Helps if you can hitch a ride at road to save a few miles - people were helpful and didn’t seem to mind. Plus side is that there are little to no people on trail and dogs can roam free. Flies were bad and horseflies were biting. Beautiful scenery. Wish I had waited a couple of weeks to have cooler temps and see the aspens change colors. Plenty of water at bottom of gorges. No water once you started up until next gorge so pack accordingly.

Great to see a gorge towering over you. Not a difficult trail (went about 3 miles in and then back out). River crossing required taking shoes off. Lots of plant diversity and great views of the hanging gardens above. Some really nice small swimming holes, which was fun, although the water was very cold for lengthy swimming. Beautiful. The beginning/end was a little sunnier/hotter than I had expected because it takes a while to get inside the gorge.

Incredibly stunning wildflowers and scenery. So peaceful down by the lake. The long (25 mile) gravel roadway to get there was in better shape than I had expected given some other previous reviews. That said, there were some areas of the trail that were downright scary with lots of loose rock and steep drop-offs. Everyone up there, including some very experienced hikers, was remarking upon it. Worth it though.

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We did this July 1-2. Beautiful hike and overnight. Would not rate as hard, a very easy backpacking trip. The review below is correct, about 7 miles in is where the good campsites near the stream start. We forded the creek three times, all knee height or below. There were multiple waterfalls, beautiful views and wildflowers. I imagine any later in the year and it’ll become too hot. There is not a lot of coverage. Really enjoyed this and highly recommend for a day hike or backpacking trip!

Wow! Here's one that makes you work for it! The trail is steep and at high elevation, so expect to need to stop for breathers if you're not used to either. However, the views make it all worth it. It's not a long trail, is well defined and easy to follow. As you get closer to the lake, you realize the magnitude of your surroundings. We saw someone camping on the far shore and could barely make them out they were so far away. This area is so special and otherworldly. I highly recommend the hike. P.S. It was super windy and cold when we were there in mid-September. It even started to snow on our way back around the loop road. So prepare for adverse weather conditions no matter the time of year.

Fantastic loop trail that combines Big Indian Gorge to Little Blitzen. You have to climb OUT of the canyon at the end of Big Indian. No small task! Recommend a 3 day, 2 night trip. We went in September and the Aspens on Big Indian were starting to change. Take a look at Big Indian Gorge for more reviews. Definitely involves bushwacking and some navigation skills when climbing the rock wall!

Beautiful hike. Worth the time. Hubby even caught some fish

The two trails shown here are Wildhorse Lake Trail and Steens Mountain Summit Trail, both start from the same parking lot. The summit trail is actually a service road that is very steep but not too long. I do a lot of hiking and backpacking and was surprised how tiring the walk up was but remember this is at almost 10,000ft so that may affect you. The lake trail is very very steep with harsh switchbacks, but it's pretty short as well. There is a third trail that branches off of the lake trail and goes along the ridge to the right, maybe a mile or so. It is pretty fun but isn't for children. It's rocky and on the ledge, though it's nothing too intense but not safe for some. I don't know the name of this trail unfortunately. I'll refer to it as Wildhorse Ridge Trail

Saturday, July 14, 2018

I went the weekend before the 4th of July and the weather was perfect, not too hot yet. I was actually afraid it would be too cold at night and if you camp at the very end on the stone lookout area I imagine it would be chilly and windy, so be prepared. I camped at 6.5 miles in and wish I had walked about another mile where the camping starts to get really good. There are forest groves and open areas without scratchy scrubs, and few access points to the creek until about 7.5 miles in. I used a Garmin InReach which tracked the entire trip at about 17 miles if I remember correctly. In terms of terrain, I would rate the hike as easy with some moderate parts. I have no idea how it is rated hard other than the distance as it is mostly flat and smooth enough for horseback riding with older kids. If you made this a day hike it would be hard because of that, but not terrain. I ended up hiking 6.5 miles the first day and hiked the entire rest of it the next day, finishing by late afternoon a day early. I had a heavier than normal back due to extra water and was fine. Don't be deterred by the hard rating, it would be a great beginner two night backpacking trip. Bring lots of water! If I could do it again I would hike all the way to the end and camp there, there's a nicely assembled firepit and a few good spots to set up tent without being right in the open.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Easy, pleasant hike. Abundant birds,, deer rabbits, and other rodents in the area. My. two Corgi cooled off in the canal.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beautiful trek! Well worth the effort to get there. The first bit of the trail out of the campground was the hardest (for me anyway). It's exposed and on a dry slope with a rocky trail. It looked like an old, disused Jeep road. But again, the views make it worth the effort despite the heat and rolling rocks on the trail. Once we reached the two mile mark, the trail dipped into a shady patch to the first creek crossing. It was a hot day, so it was great to get our feet wet. The trail followed the creek for a bit to another crossing and the remains of an old cabin. The trail through this section was very clear and easy to follow. At the third creek crossing, the path began to grow denser with sage brush. I would recommend long pants and was really happy to have a pair on. We hiked to 6.2 miles and felt that the trail was easy to follow and not all that overgrown. We had backpacked in with the intention to stay overnight if we found a good spot. However, when we reached Cottonwood Camp we decided not to stay. It's a lovely spot if you have it all to yourself, but open and that made it a bit too "communal" for us when we knew some other backpackers were coming up the trail behind us. There were a few other primitive campsites along the trail, but all were right on the trail and offered no privacy or solitude if anyone walked by. (I'm probably just picky about my campsites.) All in all, this was a great hike! While it is remote, we saw other people on the trail including those with horses. So, it seems to be a well used trail and I can see why.

great views... trails are good, not great. the view though - simply amazing. feul up at burns!!! Road is better, but still gravelly and bumpy so make sure to have good tires. 5 star for the views.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The views of the rock formations and dramatic mountain scenery are phenomenal in this area. We hiked this trail to the 7 mile point with backpacking and camping gear, and really enjoyed the stunning views as the scenery unfolded up the majestic canyon. Having said that, there are a few logistical concerns to share about this trail. It is extremely overgrown with sagebrush past the 3 mile point. We were wearing shorts and got very scratched up from having to plough through the sagebrush. The BLM information on this trail states that "many beautiful, existing primitive campsights beckon the overnighter," however, we could not find a single campsight area to pitch a tent. They may have been lost to disuse, as this trail appears to have very little traffic. The 3 stream crossings required wading through a foot of water, even in early August. Other than that, a great trail, and we would do it again - perhaps with a machete!

Lovely views, flowers, and birds.

One of the most spectacular backpacking trips I have ever completed. Did the loop counter-clockwise as a three-nighter Aug 28-31 of 2014. I recommend having good maps for the section of the trail when you are climbing and descending the cirques of the two gorges in which there is no formal trail. We overshot while climbing the Big Indian Gorge cirque and ended up at Little Wildhorse Lake instead of Wildhorse Lake, which was not a major mistake but one you don't want to make when you are tired at the end of the day. Wildlife sightings were spectacular around Steens Mountain, including wild mustangs, a Northern rubber boa, greater sage grouse, mule deer, mountain bluebirds, and the list goes on. Definitely strenuous with a backpack on during the climb and descent of the cirques, but the reward is great. We camped one night in Big Indian gorge, the second night at Wildhorse Lake, and the last night in Little Blitzen Gorge. I think if we had waited two more weeks and gone in mid-September the fall color would have made it even more amazing, given all the aspens and cottonwoods lining the streams in the gorges.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A beautiful hike into the heart of Steens Mountain. It's well worth the effort it takes to get there. I wish we had decided to spend the night, as it was a trudge to hike all the way out and then drive back to Frenchglen. If you go, watch out for rattlesnakes - there are numerous warnings posted at the trailhead.

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