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

Beautiful drive! many hiking trails to choose from, agate hunting, bird watching, morel hunting, swimming, skiing or snow shoeing it has it all! Particularly like Bybee falls!

You can see from the road, beautiful area!

hiking
2 months ago

great place to stop and show the kids some cool artifacts.
not much of a trail or hike though.

4 months ago

This place is incredible. I could spend a week checking it all out. Will definitely return, highly recommend! Came in the off-season (November 5) after visitor center closed for the year. We had the whole place to ourselves hiking to the top of the Butte.

great running

lots of different ways to go

nature trips
5 months ago

This is a beautiful drive with plenty of opportunities to explore, camp, and hike on the side. The Uplands are different from any other ecosystem in Southern Idaho and fall is a great time to drive it, as the cottonwood trees are changing color.

Worth it !!!

hiking
5 months ago

Few people on the trail. Secluded forest trail that opens up to breathtaking view of the Paulina caldera. A little steep at times that makes it a difficult trail to hike.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Have motorcycled this road several times both directions. The road from Halfway is better than the road just outside of Joseph. Plenty of good camping. If traveling early spring make sure to call the USFS office in Baker City to see if it is open.

Easy and super informative trail. 4-year-old loved it and the parents learned a lot too. Maybe bring more water - it’s the high desert and wasn’t hot but coming from high humidity we are feeling the dry air!

Hard to believe, but it's even more breathtaking then you ever imagine it to be.

Hiked this morning from the boat landing. A bit nippy and our first frost sighting of the year. Hike was great. Fantastic views and good morning of exercise. Best of all, no cars at the top.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Did this one on a mc run way too many years ago... Awesome ride.

Beautiful drive with lots lookout points and trails.

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scenic driving
8 months ago

Stunning views. But keep an eye on the road as you drive. There are no guard rails to keep you from going over the side. Common sense right?
It gets crowded on weekends so bear that in mind as well. For those with little children and with little time, this drive is quite nice.

walking
8 months ago

Only available to cars now.

We took this trail over the weekend. I'm going to be honest, I we were very disappointed. We were thinking we would see something at the end, reminiscence of something. If you are also looking to see something, save yourself the trip and go back to the woods and drive the trails in there, at least on the other trails you get to see waterfalls. This was just a bumpy dirt road, and VERY boring.

History pulled form USDA.
The Japanese Bomb Site Interpretive Trail provides access to and tells the tail of the Wheeler Ridge Japanese Aerial Bombing Site, the location of the first bombardment by enemy aircraft in the United States. It is one of only such aerial incidents ever to occur on mainland American soil--both of which occurred during World War II. On September 9, 1942, two incediary bombs were dropped from a Japanese floatplane that had been catapulted from a submarine with the intent of starting a wildfire. The bombing was an act to take revence for the American bombing of Tokyo the previous April. Fortunately, due to damp weather, the fire did little damage and was easily extinguished. A small deck on the interpretive trail provides a view of the bomb site, which today, shows little evidence of its history.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is awesome. I can understand lacking motivation to do it since you can also drive to the top, and tons of people do that very thing. Nevertheless, there are views along the hiking trail that cannot be seen any other way than hiking the trail. I'm talking awesome views! Well worth the steep climb up. I see no reason to start at Paulina Lake along the Crater Rim Trail as this route suggests. Drive 0.7 miles on the road toward Paulina Peak, and you will find a gravel parking area and trailhead. The section of trail from the lake not very interesting anyway. From the trailhead mentioned, it is two miles up and two miles back for a total of four miles. On your way up, watch for side trails to huge rocks. These side trails offer some awesome view angles. Be very careful though! Don't let small children play close to the cliff edges. I don't recommend climbing the huge rocks that jut out. It's tempting, but they are vertical climbs and dangerously situated on the edge of doom below. Just get close enough to the rocks to snap photos of the lakes below or of Paulina Peak above (the trail's destination).

hiking
8 months ago

Solid hike, intense incline, and amazing views!! You can cut the first 1.5 miles through the flat wooded area and start at the actual trailhead. It's about .3 miles up the main Paulina Peak car road, and there's a parking lot on the right. It's 2 miles up with about 1400 incline from this point.

scenic driving
8 months ago

One of the most stunning natural wonders I've ever seen. I was mesmerized by the deep blue color of the Lake...I've never seen a shade of blue like that before. Unfortunately my time was only limited to a couple hours at Crater Lake..had to catch a flight out of Portland and had to stop and witness this national treasure...just enough time to drive around the rim and hike down at a point to take a very brief dip in the frigid waters. Will return some day for sure

We don’t normally take in ranger talks, but we did here and were pleased we did because the ranger was super well informed and was happy to answer questions. After the talk he walked onto the lava with us and shared more info. Well worth the stop.

This is one of many great stop for tourists unfamiliar with the Newberry Caldera in Central Oregon. Since I have been regularly visiting the area for over thirty years, I tend to pass up these well-known sites. Though there are dozens if not hundreds of more remote destinations nearby, it's worth a visit to see all the official attractions. It had been a few years since I walked through the lava flow, so it was enjoyable. It can be crowded since it is an easy and accessible trail, though there weren't many people when I visited this time.

Never been up to the lookout. I felt it was worth the drive. Definitely a long gravel drive up the mountain. Once at the parking area it’s just a hike up the rest of the gated gravel road to the top. The view was pretty amazing though and even though the lookout had been vandalized it was still worth checking out. I brought my 11 year old son and a couple of his friends and they enjoyed it as well

hiking
9 months ago

The trail was absolutely beautiful and the views were great. The only downside was that there were not many signs to the trailhead and it took a bit to find. Other than that, great hike. Would hike again.

hiking
9 months ago

First time on this trail, I will be back, has some steeper grades but then will give you a flatter section, or a spot to stop to take in the views on the way up. The views are amazing. The trail is great for those looking for a fitness hike/run. Good variation in terrain makes for a fun descent from the top. We parked at the lake and crossed the street. Small bit of manageable snow up at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing views. Very small patches of snow. Can see from Washington to California mountains.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Very interesting drive. The 1st 10 miles no trespassing signs everywhere you look. Once you got higher snowparks everywhere. Quite a few lakes around as well. First time I had seen Lake of the Woods. Came back out 140 with even more lakes.

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