Malheur National Forest, Near John Day, Oregon
East Fork Canyon Creek Trailhead does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!
There is plenty of room for parking and undeveloped camping at this site. It includes a 6 horse tie-stall with manger, unloading ramp, and hitch rail. Stock water is located 1/2 a mile down the trail on the East Fork of Canyon Creek.
This trail accesses the Canyon Creek Natural Area -- a unique park like stand of old growth ponderosa pine within Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This trail offers both low and high elevation life zones to explore. The first 1/2 mile of the trail heads slightly downhill across some rocky areas. The rest of the trail has a fairly gentle grade, and it is not very rocky; it is mostly dirt and pine needle surface. There is a wide variety of campsites along this trail.
The trail passes through magnificent old growth Ponderosa Pine, Grand Fir and Western Larch (Tamarack) also take note of the Alder, Sedges and other wetland plants. There are some interesting wet meadows in the first couple of miles of the trail.
East Fork Canyon Creek offers good native cutthroat trout fishing.