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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hiking
2 days 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
11 days 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
24 days ago

This road to the trailhead is temporarily closed

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
over grown
1 month 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
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike!

hiking
2 months ago

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

backpacking
no shade
2 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
3 months ago

Good fun hike. Lots of switchbacks

hiking
3 months ago

good moderate back trail.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Nice Fourth of July hike today. I think I was the only one on this trail today. Here are some tips. 1) At the parking lot. You can enter through the sign that says stay on the trail (by signage). Go about 30 ft, and a semi tracked trail goes right along the fence past the honeybucket. Follow it, as it merges to the wide dirt road (DON'T go straight in the open field)...OR you can just start at the dirt road on the backside. 2) After a mile of walking, the entrance/gate/fence to the butte summit is on the right. Its a rough service road straight up to the saddle (10%-20% grade straight up....no switchbacks). Some huge horseflies halfway (by the two mine holes) buzzing around....but they leave you alone (I also has Deet 40% lotion on). Once at the saddle, go left to the Barnes butte. Steep trail, and a little brief scramble up to the top (its flat and lots of room). Btw, if you go right at the saddle, there is a clear trail you can see. Its optional if you want to do that as well.

hiking
3 months ago

great trail with nice views. good early morning stretch ample parking and facilities. only 2 other people on the trail. lower canal road is great for those who don't want the hill and there are other spur trails as yet unknown where they go.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! stunning views. For me it was a good challenge.

hiking
rocky
snow
3 months ago

I was there in late winter and if anyone finds a pair of raybans enjoy

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike! No complaints (:

Very nice trail, close to town, I only met people on the road out.

Nice trails but they are not marked.

4 months ago

Nice trails but they are not marked well. Just a map at t He trail head.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike with girlfriend and her 12 yr old poodle starting from the wildcat campground (south twin pillars TH). It's shaded and relatively easy going the first 3.5 miles with about 6 stream crossings. We choose to hike in Tevas this section then switch to boots for the climb up to the twin pillars. The climbing section is through an old fire zone which is not as bad as that sounds since the vistas are nice and the grasses and manzanita have filled in the hillsides. There is one short section where the manzanita have crowded the trail and hasn't been cut back yet. Once at the pillars the trail continues on to the north twin pillars trailhead, but with our tired poodle we found a rare shaded log to snack on before returning.

Ran the Round Mountain Trail today. Good climb up to the top of Round Mountain with stunning views from the top. Lots of beautiful meadows, views from the trail over to Lookout Mountain and over to Big Summit Prairie. The Ochoco’s is such beautiful country. The trail was in pristine shape, the surrounding forests are healthy and vibrant looking. Will definitely do this one again!

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