Explore the most popular 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.

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walking
no shade
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

I got to the top about half hour before sunset. WOW. It was spectacular. Its a very steep climb to get there and some scrambling up rocks to get to the top. Well worth the hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail. A moderate hike with some nice incline. Doable for your average hiker for sure. The GPS tried to take me on a different route so watch for that! And the road to the trailhead is a mess but the hike itself.... beautiful.

hiking
17 days ago

The snow is late in Central Oregon so I and a friend and our two dogs set out to see these pillars. I was surprised to find so much water on the hike (Strava told me 5.8 miles one way) -- you follow the Mill Creek for a long while, and there were two more creeks flowing through the burned area and two other freely flowing springs. The dogs were well-watered. We saw a group of three volunteer trail-maintenance men and that was it. No deer, elk and few birds. Great views and beautiful meadows and pondos.

hiking
28 days ago

I walked this trail in November. Many segments of the trail are unclear and go through a cow field, which has a ton of goat heads in it. At one point my dogs had 5+ goat heads in each paw. A lot of the train had a ton of tumbleweeds blocking the path, I’m sure this isn’t the norm, but due to the goat heads and possible private property crossings (which weren’t enjoyable because we hiked through cow poop), I won’t be hiking this again. The Barnes butte trail is great, though!

This is a super easy hike with awesome views! When you start at the Lookout Mountain Trail #804, it states the summit is 4 miles, which is correct if you follow that trail all the way. The hike winds through mostly dense forest, passes an old mine shaft and old mining building which was super cool. Not sure why the description says 2.5 miles to the summit. If you follow the road from the parking lot it will take you to a much closer parking lot, with only about 1.25 miles to the summit, making it about 3 miles round trip. You have to take the Lookout Mine Trail if that is the one you chose.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

on Barnes Butte

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice little hike. It was easy to get to and not too crowded. I'm sure it must get hot in warmer months.

hiking
1 month ago

10/27/19: Today I hiked in from the North TH. If you scroll down, you will see my review of the south TH last year. I always prefer hiking to driving, but I wanted to see if the north TH would bring me closer to the Pillars in less time and with less trail mileage. It certainly got me to the Pillars quickly in around 3 miles. This is not the signature view from the south, and you would need to scramble a bit to actually touch them. You could take the trail further south though for the desired view. I prefer the hike from the south TH as the creek and open vistas are fantastic. This had three lazy crossings and much of the trail was forested. The larch trees were exceptional though at this time of year. The trail is tricky when you hit the first meadow. Bear right and you will see a trail sign. The drive to the north TH is 28 miles from Prineville on winding paved roads. The last mile is dirt, rutted, and you need higher clearance. Not a soul there today.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. We didn’t see anyone else on a Saturday, and our dog had a great time. It goes through beautiful wooded areas, and the views are really nice. The only downside was that there is a lot of trash along the trail.

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. The extra 4 miles racked on from the trailhead road being closed worked off all my beers last night! Steins Pillar is eerie and beautiful. Truly amazing to behold.

hiking
2 months ago

This road to the trailhead is temporarily closed

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate hike but definitely has hills. Very doable for the average hiker. Beautiful views and a quiet trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a good moderate trail. GPS was taking us the wrong way so definitely watch out for that. The drive up is gravel and very bumpy, wouldn't recommend taking a low vehicle. Great views. We started around 840 and finished the hike around 1030, we did climb some rocks and relax a bit at the top before coming back down. Didnt have any issues with bugs.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Nice quiet trail, good views, short. Light scrambling near the top.

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Long hike, but well worth it. A few muddy spots, crossing back and forth the creek, overall good. Did run into some cows, which didn’t go over well with the dogs, but was a minor issue. Awesome views from the Pilars.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Easy trail until the last third. you come up out of the valley and into an area that was burned a number of years ago. little shade and a good but steeper towards the end. the area that got burned to the ground is now regrowing with manzanita and in some places makes the path hard to see. there's quite a few water crossings, plenty of places for the dogs to drink but might be difficult early spring or after a storm.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Only downside was a wasp nest in a rock the kids were climbing...

backpacking
no shade
4 months ago

DId a 2 day/2 night backpack. Went in from the Wildcat Campground and Camped at the site 2.9 miles in. Mill Creek was flowing (but fairly low) and we day-hiked up to the Twin Pillars. There's very little water up that way (except at a camp where it crosses on Bogen Creek) but not much. Also it's fairly wide-open and shadeless in the burn area once you leave the Mill Creek drainage. But we had 2 moonless/starry nights, no bugs (at all) and only saw 2 other folks day hiking on Friday. It definitely got busier on Saturday--maybe saw 15 people. Saw a few deer, a covey of mountain grouse, lots of flowers blooming and a fair # of cattle (so we had to dodge the cow-pies). But overall it was quiet, pretty and a fun place to explore.

We hiked this from the Walton Lake Trailhead. We clocked 10.5 miles from the lake to the top of the mountain. It was pretty easy to moderate until the last mile or so when it got quite steep and exhausting, but we made it to the top and the views were amazing. Lots of different wild flowers all along the trail right now (early July). It was a beautiful peaceful hike and the views were definitely worth the steep beautifully green final mile.

hiking
5 months ago

Good fun hike. Lots of switchbacks

hiking
5 months ago

good moderate back trail.

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