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Bald Mountain Trail

Unnamed Road, Heppner, Oregon 97836 USA

“great views for hiking or riding”

This trail is open to hiking and horseback riding. The trail is marked with blaze signs and is steep in some areas. This is a beautiful trail, going by some historic spots. Smith Ditch-!/4 mile built by the CC's for irrigation and water in the 1930's and Gibson's Cave - 1 1/4 mile. From Little Bald Mountains, the view is great to the north and south. The north looks into the low range lands towards Butter Creek, and the South into the Texas and Madison areas. Gibson's Cave and Smith Ditch are exciting attractions to look around in. The Bald Mountain Trail starts near a group campsite located on the Muddy Fork. The trail crosses the Muddy Fork via a foot bridge. Small streams cross the trail at 0.7 and 1.2 miles. The trail then switchbacks up the timbered slop until the junction with the Pacific Crest National Scenic (PCNST) and Timberline Trails. Although the temptation is great, please stay on the trail and do not shortcut the switchbacks as it causes erosion and trail maintenance problems. To make a loop, turn south on the PCNST at the four-way junction at Bald Mountain. Follow it 4.9 miles to Ramona Falls. Return to the starting point in just over two miles by following either portion of the Ramona Falls Loop Trail. In addition to the beauty of Ramona Falls, this 11 mile loop offers unique close-up views of Mount Hood's west side. A more leisurely version of this loop can be made by switching the described direction and traveling up the Ramona Loop to the PCNST and down the Bald Mountain Trail.  Directions from Heppner: Take the Scenic Byway just south of Heppner, County Road 603, to the top of Coalmine Hill to the Day-Use area. Approximately 21 miles from Heppner.

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June 17, 2015

The Bald Mountain Trail starts near a group campsite located on the Muddy Fork. The trail crosses the Muddy Fork via a foot bridge. Small streams cross the trail at 0.7 and 1.2 miles. The trail then switchbacks up the timbered slop until the junction with the Pacific Crest National Scenic (PCNST) and Timberline Trails. Although the temptation is great, please stay on the trail and do not shortcut the switchbacks as it causes erosion and trail maintenance problems.
To make a loop, turn south on the PCNST at the four-way junction at Bald Mountain. Follow it 4.9 miles to Ramona Falls. Return to the starting point in just over two miles by following either portion of the Ramona Falls Loop Trail. In addition to the beauty of Ramona Falls, this 11 mile loop offers unique close-up views of Mount Hood's west side. A more leisurely version of this loop can be made by switching the described direction and traveling up the Ramona Loop to the PCNST and down the Bald Mountain Trail.
Photo courtesy of Tom Kloster

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