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Eastern Oregon Hikes

From Portland Hikers Field Guide



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Columbia River Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Deschutes River Hike Moderate 22.6 400 Hike along the Deschutes River, open to horses and bicycles
Ferry Springs Hike Moderate 4.4 560 Shorter hike to higher views of the Columbia and Deschutes
Deschutes River from Macks Canyon Hike Difficult 23.6 350 Rough trail along Deschutes River


Smith Rock Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Cove Palisades Area
Tam-a-láu Loop Hike Moderate 6.9 650 Hike up to and around the rim of a lava plateau with commanding views


Smith Rock State Park
Misery Ridge Loop Hike Moderate 3.8 1000 Steep climb over the ridge with stunning views


Crooked River Ranch Area
Scout Camp Trail Loop Hike Moderate 2.3 700 Steep hike into scenic Deschutes River Canyon
Otter Bench Loop Hike Moderate 9.2 1700 Long, mostly flat hike in high desert along Crooked River Canyon, with two short side trails descending steeply down the canyon
Steelhead Falls Hike Moderate 4.1 680 Hike down to the falls in Deschutes River Canyon


Bend Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Oregon Badlands Wilderness hikes Moderate Links to info & maps of high desert wilderness just East of Bend, to help you plan your own hike


Painted Hills Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Leaf Hill Loop Hike Easy 0.3 20 Short hike around a fossil filled knoll
Painted Cove Loop Hike Easy 0.2 40 Get up close and personal with a hill of clay
Painted Hills Overlook Hike Easy 1.0 140 Ridgetop stroll with views of the Painted Hills


Ochoco Mountains


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Mill Creek Wilderness area
Mill Creek Wilderness Loop Hike Difficult 26.9 3500 Small, little used wilderness in central Oregon, usually drier than western Oregon
Steins Pillar Hike Moderate 4 680 Hike through open ponderosa and juniper forest to the base of a huge stone pillar


Lookout Mountain Area
Lookout Mountain Hike Moderate 3.4 1045 Shorter but steeper hike to Lookout Mtn summit
Lookout Mountain Short Loop Hike Moderate 7.1 1350 Hike through old fir forest to high desert plateau with sweeping views
Lookout Mountain Long Loop Hike Moderate 9.3 1800 Hike through open ponderosa pine groves, then old fir forest to high desert plateau with sweeping views


Strawberry Mountains


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Strawberry Mountain Loop Hike Difficult 17 4500 Subalpine loop in eastern Oregon


Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Warner Peak Hike Difficult 13 2800 Antelope refuge in south central Oregon offers springtime off trail hiking


Wallowa Mountains


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Eagle Cap Wilderness: Northern access
Maxwell Lake Hike Difficult 8 2500 Hike to a beautiful blue lake high above the Lostine River
East Lostine to Eagle Cap Hike Difficult 19 4000 This is the easiest way to a high Wallowa Peak, very popular
Thorp Creek Hike Moderate 9.9 2830 Hike to a remote valley tucked in between the Wallowas' highest ridges
Ice Lake Hike Difficult 15.4 3380 Head up the West Fork Wallowa and then spectacular Adam Creek to a high alpine lake below the Matterhorn
East Fork Wallowa River Hike Difficult 17.0 4620 Backpack to Tenderfoot Pass with multiple day hike and scramble options from the area
McCully Basin Hike Moderate 15.2 2360 Gentle backpack to a remote basin on the east side of the Wallowas


Eagle Cap Wilderness: Southern access
Pine Lakes Hike Difficult 15 2700 Hike to a pair of beautiful lakes
Portland Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.