This trail's highest use periods is in the fall during big game hunting seasons and accesses the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area, where no motorized vehicles are allowed. Some wildlife seen along this trail have been Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, coyote, cougar, bobcat, raccoon, porcupine, and a variety of rodents, squirrels, and birds.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
From John Day, travel east on US Highway 26 for approximately 30 miles to US Highway 7, at Austin Junction. Drive north on US Highway 7 for one mile to County road 20. Drive northwest on County Road 20 for approximately 2 1/2 miles to Forest Service Road 2010. Drive north on Forest Service Road 2010 for approximately 8 miles to Forest Service Road 2010219. Forest Service Road 2010 is inaccessible, so parking is VERY limited and not available for stock trailers. Stock trailers should park approximately 1/4 mile south of Forest Service Road 2010219 in a dispersed camping area along Forest Service Road 2010. This trail connects to the Tempest Mine Trail.
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