Summary: Starting at the trailhead, walk north along the trail along the sandy jeep trail. The trail is fairly stark for about three miles. I startled three deer while hiking, jackrabbits abound and the coyotes howl in the nighttime. When you come upon Badlands Rock, you will need to skirt it unless you come between oct31st-mar1st because of the nest of a mated pair of protected prairie falcons. I hiked it in february, and when I crested the peak of Badlands Rock, I could see the snow capped peaks of the cascades in the distance. A red tailed hawk keened at me as it flew overhead. Take the left fork of the dirt road and follow it untill it tees. At the T take the left fork, unless you want to follow a gorge made from a raised lava seam. Follow the dirt road back to your trailhead. From the trailhead go back to the paved road, about .5 miles take the jeep trail to the left, follow it to the mouth of Dry River Gorge. Petroglyphs are hidden in old caves along the canyon.
Trailhead: Take hwy 20 east out of Bend, just past milepost 17 turn left onto a paved road. Drive appx 1.5 miles on the paved road untill you come to the BLM interpretive sign. park at the sign just off the road and head north along the jeep trail. When you come to the three way fork in the road, take the middle path. Upon completion of the loop, backtrack from your car apx .5 miles untill you see a jeep trail on your left. Follow the jeep trail about 1 mile untill you reach the mouth of the dry river gorge. (Lat:43.91192 Lon:-121.00175)
Trail Guides for Badlands loop, Bend OR:
Exploring Oregons Wild Areas
by William L. Sullivan (Mountaineers press)
Best Seasons: Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: bureau of land management, Prineville District (541) 416-6700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Wilson, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by JEC on 1/11/2016
Just fyi - you cannot ride a bicycle or other vehicle in the Badlands. Hike or horses only. There are multiple trails. Dry River is 3.2 miles one way, if you rock hop about 20 yards to the high trail on the opposite side of the canyon. Badlands Rock is about 2.5 miles one way. Flatiron is a pretty hike, to cool rock. About 4 miles round trip.
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