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Twin Pillars Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (3)

A long day hike to a fantastic view of a unique geological feature.


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Map Key

8.9

Miles

14.3

KM

Point to Point

5,801' 1,768 m

High

3,762' 1,147 m

Low

2,361' 720 m

Up

653' 199 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Geological Significance · River/Creek

Need to Know

The trail crosses Mill Creek multiple times and requires nimbleness if you desire to keep your feet dry

Description

The first three plus miles follow Mill Creek and the gurgling water is an ever present pleasant sound. The first few miles are in a lush forest for Central Oregon. It gradually gives way to an old burn. As you leave the creek behind, the trail climbs in earnest through the open burn.

The burn does not offer much shade, but the area is recovering nicely. The view at the base of the pillars is spectacular and inspiring. The panoramic view of the burn is a nice reward as well. The trip to the base of the pillars is 6 miles one way and requires crossing Mill Creek multiple times. The crossings require nimbleness if you desire to keep your feet dry.

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Wes Emmert

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Photos

Bingham Prairie near North Twin Pillars trailhead.
Jan 29, 2021 near Mitchell, OR
Trail Meadow on 06-02-2020 (west of North Twin Pillars Trailhead).
Feb 20, 2021 near Mitchell, OR
North side of Twin Pillars
Feb 20, 2021 near Mitchell, OR
A talisman of the burn.
Jul 5, 2020 near Mitchell, OR
The burn is recovering nicely.
Jul 5, 2020 near Mitchell, OR
The bark on the Ponderosa Pine is especially pleasing in this grove.
Jul 5, 2020 near Prineville, OR

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Jul 2, 2020
Wes Emmert
The first 4 miles are pleasant along Mill Creek. The last two miles up to the pillars are all up and through an old burned area that is recovering 6mi