Black Canyon

  • Distance

    5 miles round-trip

  • Best Times To Visit

    year-round

  • Dificulty

    2

  • Closest Town

    Mitchell, Oregon

Hike Description

Most of the hikes in the area ascend Sutton Mountain, but this Black Canyon hike offers a nice change of pace. Its relatively flat bottom is perfect for any hiker who wants to experience the serenity of Oregon’s high desert.

Along with the sagebrush and juniper characteristic of the high desert, Sutton Mountain provides vital habitat to the threatened arrowleaf thelypody and Peck’s milkvetch species. As you explore this part of the Sutton Mountain Wilderness Proposal you can be on the lookout for pronghorn antelope, mule deer, bald eagles, ferruginous hawks, pygmy rabbit, and Western toad.

Look for waterfalls, small offshoots from the main canyon and multiple access points to steep grassy hills that lead right to the summit.

Notes and Advice:

  • This trailhead is quite discrete. Look for a small parking area on the west side of the road.

Driving Directions

From Bend, head north miles on Highway 97 to Redmond. Continue east to Ochoco Highway 126 and then drive 20 miles to Prineville. For access to the east side of Sutton Mountain, including Black Canyon and Dead Dog, continue 47 miles to Mitchell and head north on Service Creek/Mitchell Highway 207 for 9.7 miles. Turn left on Girds Creek Road/Twickenham Road and continue to Black Canyon Trailhead on the west side of the road.