Summary: This trail is best for Horseback riders or Mt bikers as it is long and the scenery is few and far between, spaced by relatively mundane Forestry and high desert. The best areas are the devils garden area, just off the Switchback trailhead south of the town of sprague river, and the fivemile creek area north of Bly. Hikers can acess strategic trailheads to see some of the more interesting sights but thru hiking is not recommended except as a practice or warmup for the longer Pacific Crest or Fremont Trails nearby.
Trailhead: There are several trailheads acessing this trail. The main trailhead is in the small town of Olene 9 miles east of Klamath Falls on hwy 140. a second trailhead that acesses the interesting devils gardes area is 7 miles south of Sprague River on Squaw Flat rd. (Lat:42.58964 Lon:-121.1135)
Trail Guides for OC&E trail:
Oregons state parks
by Jan Grumprecht Bannan (Mountaineers press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Oregon Rails to Trails program (541) 884-3050
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Wilson, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by MP on 5/26/2005
June 4, 2005 National Trails Day celebration and 9:00 am ribbon cutting ceremony for the Switchback Trailhead. Registration from 7:00am through 11:00am at Trailhead. 7-mile bicyle and equestrian route and 3.5 mile nature hike starts at trailhead and proceeds to Devils Garden, offering great opportunities for a close look at the geologic features and wildlife plus wonderful scenery. Hike leaders will provide interpretation along the way. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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