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Went in from south (Wildcat Campground). More than a half dozen notable creek crossings and smaller ones too. Water level reasonable in late fall. Decent signage but did not notice final sign to pillars. Followed trail but it petered out when the deadfall really began. Was fighting early sunset and had traveled close to six miles before turning around. Will take north trail next to see where trails meet and hopefully get even closer to pillars. Great way to spend a chilly day. Road up was good, including gravel part.

trail running
4 months ago

Hit this one in August so the water was down. Almost too down according to the dogs, but it was enough. Not as much shade as I was hoping for on this summer day because most of the forest appears to have burnt down many years ago. But it was pretty, with no other people. And perfect for trail running, as it has only mild inclines and declines. A lot of underbrush but the trail was kept clear enough that it wasn’t a problem. This is actually Twin Pillars trail (from the south) that is also on AllTrails and so this is the same route except that one continues further all the way to the pillars. I would do it again!

Giddy-up-go is part of the trail system used by the Dry Creek Horse Camp and is generally used for horseback riding but also makes for a nice hike up in the Mill Creek area of the Ochocos. The entire loop can be done and is probably about 10 miles, but we opted to do the east side and return via the cut-off trail which is really a road. The walk through the forest along with some cross valley views of Steins Pillar make this a very enjoyable hike.

6 months ago

We did this hike 3 weeks ago from the north trailhead. Lots of new growth forest, some creek jumping, but beautiful views of Desolation Canyon and glimpses of Steins Pillar.

Beautiful hike

7 months ago

We did a short 6 mile out and back from the Wildcat Campground to the Belknap trail. The wild flowers were fantastic and we had the trail all to ourselves. It is truly beautiful this time of year and the weather was perfect. Given all of the hikes in the Ochocos and Cascades with big elevation gains this was a perfect early spring hike.

7 months ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this today and it was beautiful! Really nice views all the way to the pillars, and the pillars themselves are really worth seeing. We had to ford the river quite a few times, some crossings have logs but some do not. I would recommend bringing hiking poles to help cross. We also ran into quite a few ticks coming up on the pillars. The switch backs have lots of bushes and we stopped to brush ticks off our clothes frequently.

10 months ago

Beautiful trail, when I was here there was about 5 inches of snow which made the hike difficult but it was absolutly gorgeous. we had to ford streams 10 times on the way out and again on the way back looking forward to hiking this again in the late spring. At 9 miles one way (according to the sign at the trail head) this is a fairly long day hike.

11 months ago

totally gorgeous trail. things to be aware of: the map takes you directly to the south trailhead, but the last 5 miles are all dirt roads and sharp turns, so be careful. also, from the south trailhead to the north trailhead is 9 miles, so this trail, if done out and back, is actually 18 miles long. beautiful in december:)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The actual trail starts at Prineville Reservior State Park's campground at the top of the B loop next to the cabins. It follows the water to Jasper Point State Park then follows the lake again to Owl Creek. You can access the trail by the North road (an unimproved road) if not camping.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The pillars are neat and provide good views at the top. Mosquitos are unbearable in July be warned.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Just finished the entire loop trail yesterday. Creek is low enough not to get to wet on the seven lower creek crossings. Lots of wildflowers on the Wildcat upper east trail. Plenty of views from up there. Pillars trail is steep from the creek up to Pillars. Hard to follow in some spots but let common sense prevail. Lots of overgrowth and deadfall on the entire loop. Some sections entirely easy to follow. Best views are on Wildcat trail of the entire area. Still water/springs flowing in all sections. Enjoy

Monday, June 19, 2017

Did the entire loop trail yesterday. Tons of deadfall. Estimate over 100 trees down in 24 miles of hiking. Some are easily stepped over but several had to crawl under...yukk. Overall a fantastic hike. Didnt see a single person from North Pillar to Wildcat Trail thru Belknap and back to South Pillar trailhead. Trail is very narrow and overgrown in only small sections. Easy to follow

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great trail from either direction. South entrance has many creek crossings. North only has a few but actually is a easier hike to the Pillars

Beautiful trail but requires a lot of fording across the creek. This year it's flowing pretty good. Would have b en better if I brought hiking poles and water shoes to change in and out of. Would not recommend small children when the creek is high. It pushed me over it was so strong.

Not so much a trail, more like following a dirt road that is closed to cars half the year.

on Twin Pillars Trail

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Well the first 4 miles is Moderate. The climb to the Twin Pillars is riddled with blow down. And the trail is STEEP. I'm sure that had something to do with 55lbs on my back. I went in from South twin pillars, crossed to the wildcat trail via the Belknap junction. Headed north to the wildcat trailhead. Then West to North Twin Pillars TH. Then south past the pillars and out. The loop was 27.8 miles total. Be advised that in June. The area is COVERED in poisen oak and ivy. Fortunately I'm not sensitive to either. Beautiful wilderness. Definitely volcanic. I spent 4 days in there.

Friday, March 16, 2012

We started out on the OHV trails at the West boat ramp. The trail was muddy and quite steep going up to the rim overlooking the reservoir. We (Karen and myself) hiked all the way around the rim, to HWY 27. We were running out of daylight, so we turned back after we reached Bowman dam. Next, we intend to start out earlier and hike from the reservoir off of Juniper Canyon Rd, to Chimney Rock.

Monday, July 24, 2017

cross country skiing
Tuesday, May 26, 2015