Explore the most popular trails near John Day with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

John Day, Oregon Map
11 months ago

Great way to end an evening of driving. It was a very nice, quiet hike around the lake.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beautiful short hike on a gravel/asphalt wide level trail. Lots of opportunities for kiddos & dogs to climb on dead trees, and walk across a foot bridge. No bugs, got to watch a few fisherman reel in trout. Absolute gorgeous day & highly recommend this hike for families with small children- you can even push a sturdy stroller along the well- maintained path.

Friday, September 08, 2017

I grew up near this lake. It is a beautiful place to hike or swim.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

this trail is easy. good for families and small kids. at the right time of year you will see wild strawberries, wild sunflower, and the occasional beaver. my three small children and I walk this trail as much as we can.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Great canyon view

cross country skiing
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It was so beautiful and a very easy hike around the lake.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My family loved this easy hike around Magone lake. We got to watch two beavers. They have fallen trees all around the lake. It's really beautiful. You can see large trees that are halfway chewed through by beavers. The drive up was fun. Open range cattle are abundant along the road, sometimes in the road. Very fun trip.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

We completed a section of this trail (ending at Dean Creek) in the beginning of June, 2012, and it became one of our favorite trails. The views are amazing, and there was some sections where the flowers were blooming in full power, and there was also lots of strawberry plants right by the trail (unfortunatelly, no strawberries in June...).
This section is fairly easy to complete, execept for some logs that cut the trail and may require some scrambling.
There are a few camping spots by Dean Creek (where you see a fairly big waterfall), and the view from those are very unforgettable. We reccomend waking up early to watch the sunrise from the area on the other side of the trail from the campsite.
There is a lot of water sources avaliable if you are taking the longer backpack trip.
We also took our dog on this trip, and she loved it. Definitelly reccomend.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Friday, October 07, 2016

cross country skiing
Tuesday, May 26, 2015