Copple Butte Trail

Umatilla National Forest, Heppner, Oregon 97836 USA

“follows the ridgetop”

This trail is open to hiking, horseback and mountain bikes. This is an excellent trail that follows the ridge top, for the most part, with good views from Copple Butte, Texas Butte and Madison Butte. One can access the Alder Creek #3051, Skokum #3053 and Madison #3054 Trails. There are numerous places to camp along the way. The end of the trail is only 1/2 mile west of Madison Butte and Madison Butte Lookout, which is a good mountain bike trail for both beginning and advanced riders. Directions from Heppner: Take the Willow Creek Road approximately 23 miles to FS Road 21. Follow road 21 for about 3 miles to Ditch Creek Guard Station and turn right on the 050 road. Continue to the "road closure" sign at the corral, then ride approximately 1.25 miles across Martin Prairie Trail to Texas Road 5350. Cross the road and follow on old timber sale road to the wooden gate, where the trail begins. or park at Coalmine Hill Day Use Area. Cross County Road 603 and go up FS Road 5350 2 1/2 miles to the trailhead.

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June 17, 2015

This trail is open to hiking, horseback and mountain bikes. This is an excellent trail that follows the ridge top, for the most part, with good views from Copple Butte, Texas Butte and Madison Butte. One can access the Alder Creek #3051, Skokum #3053 and Madison #3054 Trails. There are numerous places to camp along the way. The end of the trail is only 1/2 mile west of Madison Butte and Madison Butte Lookout, which is a good mountain bike trail for both beginning and advanced riders.

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