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Tempest Mine Trail - No. 256

Contact Info
John Day, OR 97845

Phone:
541-575-3000
Basics
Length:
3.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5200 feet
Elevation Range:
5200 feet to 7000 feet
Elevation Change:
1800 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
May to November

Description

This trail parellels Granite Boulder Creek and offers some very photogenic views. Some wildlife seen along this trail have been Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, coyote, couger, bobcat, raccoon, procupine, and a variety of rodents, squirrels, and birds.

This trail's highest use period is in the fall during big game hunting seasons and access the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area, which is non-motorized. The trail is on a closed road bed that accessed the old Tempest Mine. There is no developed trailhead at the beginning of the trail. Parking is limited and turning a stock trailer would be impossible here.

Details

Length:
3.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5200
Elevation Range:
5200 feet to 7000
Elevation Change:
1800
Usage:
Light
Season:
May to November

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From John Day, travel east on US Highway 26 for approxmiately 30 miles to US Highway 7, at Austin Junction. Drive north on US Highway 7 for one mile to County Road 20. Drive northwest on County Road 20 for approximately 8 miles to Forest Service road 4550. Drive north on Forest Service road 4550 for approximately 2 1/2 miles to Forest Service road 4559. Continue to travel north on Forest Service road 4559 for approximately 3 miles to the end of the road.


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