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

trail running
14 days 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!

super accessible trailhead off of paved roads, fairly easy climb, and great views along lookout mountain trail. Hidden gem if you ask me!

trail running
1 month ago

An easy hike or short trail run, even with the 5 flights of stairs on the return trip. Go early and avoid getting eaten.

Great trail, beautiful hike, & a nice place to hang out and relax.

2 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.

Round Mountain can be completed as from either the north or south trailhead to the summit or can be done as a shuttle and push all the way through. The beautiful fields of corn lily really help to enhance the beauty and views of this hike. There are 360 degree views from the summit that stretch from the Cascades to Big Summit Prairie. The actual climb up the mountain totals about 1000 feet over 2 miles or so and while consistent, isn't too steep.

Easy, beautiful hike!

It pretty. Very easy and worth the time.

Beautiful hike

Let but of climbing around at the end is awesome!

3 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.

3 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.

great day of snowshoeing

What a great hike to start 2018. Did this mid February and very unseasonably warm temps in the upper 60's. A fairly easy out and back trek. Great views. Even saw Twin Pillars to the North. A beautiful hike in the Ochocos

Really neat trail, perfect quick hike with an amazing view. There are some fun boulders to climb on if you're feeling adventurous at the pillar.

6 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.

7 months ago

Very nice view. The pillar is so unique. The hiking is nice here. There are backpack camping spots.

Here is my Vlog showing a recent look at the place:

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:)

great fall hike. already snow in ne shaded areas. love this area

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Awesome views overlooking the wilderness on the hike and great scenery all around. Came back to it for the first trail I ever ran, the hills and valleys make for a nice steep run too.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I hiked this trail about 1.5 months ago and it was beautiful. My only issue was the need for more water. Nice scenery and a decently maintained trail.

There are three trails to choose from at the very end of the road. I took the Independent Mine one which was furthest to the left (808). I treated it as an out and back as I was unsure about the loop. Now I see from map I could have picked up 808a from snow shelter. Lots of flowers, insects (not mosquitoes) and birds. The route is exposed in some areas so it got hot in the direct sun. Small rocks on trail in some places are cumbersome, but overall easy to navigate with no snow. Summit has great views and lots to explore.

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Every step of this hike was beautiful! Worth the drive in you won't be disappointed.

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

Sunday, June 04, 2017


A great trail today. Still some snow patches at the highest elevations. Lookout Mountain trail headed north still very difficult descent with lots of snow on ne slopes. Another two weeks and trail will be snow free.

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.

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