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Pine Creek Mountain, East Peak, Oregon (7975 ft)


Malheur National Forest
Roads End Trail #201A
Pine Creek Trail #201
Indian Creek Trail Access #364A
Canyon Mountain Trail #218

Route: Roads End, Indian Creek Access, Pine Creek, and Canyon Mountain Trails

From Seneca drive east on Forest Service Road 16 for approximately 15 miles to Forest Service Road 1640. Turn left and drive north on Forest Service Road 1640 for about 11 miles to the Road End Trailhead at a sharp right turn.

Hike 1.2 miles northwest on the Roads End Trail (old roadbed) to the "Roads End" landmark, a 3-way intersection with the Pine Creek Trail 201 leading west and the Onion Creek Trail 368 leading north towards Strawberry Mountaint. This junction overlooks the Indian Creek Basin which was burned in the Wildcat Fire of 1996.

Follow the Pine Creek Trail west for 0.3 mile, then turn right onto the Indian Creek Access Trail 364A and drop steeply down into Indian Creek Basin. The map indicates a junction with the Indian Creek Trail 364 but this has been obscured by brush and downed timber. Continue on the trail to climb up to regain the Pine Creek Trail after 1.1 miles. An alternative to dropping into and climbing out of Indian Creek Basin would be to stay on Pine Creek Trail for 2.4 miles to this point.

Continue on Pine Creek Trail west for about 2.1 miles over a saddle directly east of Indian Creek Butte and traversing below the Butte to the junction with the Canyon Mountain Trail.

Follow the Canyon Mountain Trail west (take the left fork) and follow it for about 2 miles as it traverses below the East Ridge of Pine Creek Mountain. You will get a good view of Pine Creek Mountain on this trail but continue a bit further until you can see a rock outcropping above you on the East Ridge. This unofficially named "East Peak" is higher than Pine Creek Mountain, itself. Leave the Canyon Mountain Trail and climb upward and slightly to the left to reach the East Ridge and follow it west to the East Peak summit.

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