Pine Mountain Observatory Back Road

Total Miles
4.4

Elevation

1,897.63 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Offering epic views of central Oregon, this extension to the very tame Pine Mountain Observatory road can be accessed from either side. It is primarily one lane, but there are wide spots where someone could pass if needed. Cell service is spotty. Be cautious, the elevation and shade can make this very difficult in the winter. In the summer, the observatory makes a great evening destination.

Photos of Pine Mountain Observatory Back Road

Pine Mountain Observatory Back Road
Pine Mountain Observatory Back Road
Pine Mountain Observatory Back Road

Difficulty

Mostly an easy drive. The end of the trail from Spencer Wells Road can be washed out at times, and there are a few small rocky areas.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Michael Cutone
Jun 21, 2024
2016 Toyota 4Runner
Open
terrifyingly fun trail. shelf road for the first half, super rocky. take it slow and enjoy the views. worth the heart attack from the fear of heights.
Nate Webster
Apr 21, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Trail was clear of any snow.
Stephan Schmidt
Apr 06, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Lots of snow on the trail above 6,000 ft elevation on April 6th. Trail was clear below, though.

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