MYRTLE CREEK TRAIL

Trail #308
Emigrant Creek Ranger District
Malhuer National Forest
Open: APRIL TO OCTOBER
Length: 7.9 MILES
Difficulty: Easiest
Elevation: 4800 TO 5300 FEET
Usage: LIGHT
Hiking: Allowed
Horses: Allowed
Mt Biking: Allowed
ATVs: Prohibited

Features

Follow the 8 mile Myrtle Creek Trail as it meanders past old growth ponderosa pines, across stream banks lined with willows and through meadows fo spring wildflowers as it follows Myrtle Creek along a gentle canyon on its way to the Silvies River. Pause on your way to view the eroding outcroppings of welded tuft which offer glimpses of the geological forces that shaped this region of the country.
At mile 2, the trail meets with the West Myrtle Trail #314 connecting from the northwest. Hikers can continue downstream for another 5 miles before encountering the FL Spring Trail #B-5065 junction joining from the northeast. The trail continues downstream for another mile before ending at private land. This is not a loop trail. The trail receives light use and has not been maintained.
A small picnic area is located at the Myrtle Creek Trailhead with fire ring and picnic table.

Access

From Burns, OR., travel approximately 2.8 miles east on US Highway 20 east/US Highway 395 north. Make a left turn onto US Highway 395 and travel north towards John Day, OR. Follow US Highway 395 approximately 15.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 31. Follow Forest Road 31 approximately 13.1 miles to Forest Road 226. Follow Forest Road 226 approximately 0.1 miles to the trailhead.

Latitude: 43.956505
Longitude: -119.0790