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Directions only take you to turn for TH...2 more winding miles on road 500 to go. Hiked in early December. Beautiful in light snow. Did not see a soul. Stairs make final downward trek to pillar easy even in snow. Checked out accessible ledge with overhang to the right on unmaintained part of trail. 4 miles out and back through lovely stretch of forest. After hike, continued up road 500 for longer hike and elevation gain. Added almost 4 miles rt and map shows I could have kept going. Upper part of road is blocked to cars.

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.

beautiful hike. not a hard hike at all

2 months ago

Great hike. Right out my back yard

hiking
3 months ago

It has it's ups and downs but is short enough to be a good amount of exercise without being overtaxing. And it's just a nice place to be....

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is more moderate to hard. In the beginning the trail is tiny and there are steep drop offs where if you are not careful with your footing you could easily fall and be injured. I started this hike late in the day 1pm on 7/9/18, it was 90 degrees outside with very small amounts of shade and no wind very hot! I did not finish this trail, but will definitely be back to finish it as an early am hike when there is no heat. The trail is also very rocky. It follows through a dried up creek bed in the canyon and may lead around the mountain you can see from the road. This is not an easy hike.

I would call this hike more moderate than hard. I did this one early yesterday morning 7/10/18. I did an 8.6 mile loop trail. There are beautiful wildflowers. The trail is good for bikers, hikers, dogs on leash and horses. There is a snow shelter close to the top stocked with plenty of water. The views yesterday were hazy but on a clear day you could get some great shots of three sisters, Jefferson and some other mountains. I didn't see any wild horses on my hike, but they are out there. I did motherload mine trail (which was more steep than the descent on independent mine trail. I made a big loop trail out of this. Motherload mine trail to lookout mountain trail to independent mine trail. I was looking for the mining town, but didn't find it till I ended the trail on the road. baneberry trail will take you to the independent mine, the trail is very overgrown and wet. there were also lot of mosquitoes out when I went so put your bug spray on before you hit the trail, If you are like me and the squeeters love you.

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!

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

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice little trail within the Prineville City Limits. The trail gives you the chance to explore the Barnes Butte area without climbing the actual Butte. Start your hike at the Barnes Butte Trailhead and head along the road that leaves from the west end of the parking area. After you go around a small hill, the road will split and you should take the right fork. The road will condense down to a trail shortly and there will be a couple fences with walkovers to pass through. There are trails that wonder all over this area. To complete this loop, start angling to the left and head up the ridge. You will get most the way up it before the trail will begin heading back down again. Soon you will find yourself back on a road. Head to the left and return to the first fork you encountered near the old irrigation pond.

not kid friendly to many drop offs. we did have a blast though. I would recommend 12 and older. our kids are 2,3, and 5. the 5 year old walked the whole way and the other younger ones walked most of it.

trail running
5 months 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.

Relatively easy hike, family friendly. I rate it as easy to moderate.. full cascade Mountain View’s to the west. Eagles view of the river canyon.

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

hiking
5 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!

hiking
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.

love the drive to the trail love the hike. never see too manu people camping sites near by can hear the river ib the background beautiful site as u make it to the top. done this hike many times recommend short but challenging

hiking
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.

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.

Beautiful trail

hiking
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.

hiking
10 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:
https://youtu.be/tM-jnhxJC4g

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