North Fork John Day

This 22.9 mile trail travels east along along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 22.90 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? Yes

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Location: North Fork John Day Ranger District, Umatilla National Forest
States: Oregon
Counties: Umatilla, Grant
Latitude: 44.91567   Longitude: -118.40471

From Ukiah, OR head southeast on Forest Service Road 52 approximately 40 miles to the North Fork John Day Campground and trailhead. Parking for the trailhead is in the north end of the campground.

Besides the 20-site campground, there is a large trailhead parking area, toilet, unloading ramp, and facilities for stock animals (corrals, mangers, hitching posts).

This site is directly adjacent to the Wild & Scenic North Fork John Day River and the Blue Mountain National Scenic Byway.


This trail begins at North Fork John Day Trailhead within the Campground. This 22.9 mile trail travels east along along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River within North Fork John Day Wilderness and ends at Oriental Creek Trailhead on Forest Service Road 5506.
This trail is popular for its fishing, hunting, hiking, and pack and saddle recreation opportunities.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 3,300
Elevation High Point: 5,500
Year Designated: 1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
David Guglielmi
Umatilla National Forest
North Fork John Day Ranger District
P.O. Box 158
Ukiah , OR 97880
(541) 227-5326



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