ElevationAscent: 35' 11 m
Descent: -75' -23 m
High: 553' 169 m
Low: 506' 154 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
“Easy walking trail along a dry but scenic stretch of the John Day River.”— Cameron Booth
The ostensible end goal is the pinnacles from which the trail gets its name -- an interesting, if not entirely spectacular rock formation high above the trail near its end. I say "near" the end, because there's no definite end to the trail ... it just sort of peters out eventually. Basically, once you get a good view of the pinnacles, there's not a lot of point in going much further. The canyon itself is very scenic in that Oregon high desert sort of way, so the journey has some interest.
Wildflowers generally bloom in May/early June. Balsam roots and monkey flowers in early May. Sagebrush blooms in October.
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Land Manager: Oregon State Parks - Cottonwood Canyon State Park