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This trail is open to hiking and horseback riding. The trail is marked with blaze signs and is steep in some areas. This is a beautiful trail, going by some historic spots. Smith Ditch-!/4 mile built by the CC's for irrigation and water in the 1930's and Gibson's Cave - 1 1/4 mile. From Little Bald Mountains, the view is great to the north and south. The north looks into the low range lands towards Butter Creek, and the South into the Texas and Madison areas. Gibson's Cave and Smith Ditch are exciting attractions to look around in.
You can make a complete loop of about 7 1/2 miles by following this route. From Bald Mountain Trail #3058 you can follow the Hells Half Acre Trail for another 2 1/2 miles to Cutsforth Park. Then take the Willow Creek Trail #3063 -2 1/2 miles up Willow Creek back to the Day Use Area.

Directions: From Heppner, Take the Scenic Byway just south of Heppner, County Road 603, to the top of Coalmine Hill to the Day-Use area. Approximately 21 miles from Heppner.

Elevation: 4,800 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,350 feet

Elevation Gain: 550 feet

Distance: 2.5 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Umatilla National Forest, Oregon

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