Guano Creek

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  • Distance

    6 miles round-trip

  • Best Times To Visit

    year-round

  • Dificulty

    3

  • Closest Town

    Adel, Oregon

  • Drive Time

    4.5 hours form Bend, Oregon

Hike Description

Guano Creek is designated as a Wilderness Study Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern. No trails exist but you can hike across the open country adjacent to Guano Creek. You can do an out-and-back hike or go for a 6-mile round-trip hike. As you proceed down, the canyon the walls will deepen and get more narrow. Past the cliffs the canyon opens into a wide basin. You can return via an old wagon road or head south to Road 6106.

Notes and Advice:

  • There are no trailhead amenities.
  • These roads aren’t all visible on the Oregon Road and Recreation Atlas so more detailed maps are required such as the Adel BLM 100k map.
  • It might be wise to get gas in Lakeview or up in Plush, the Adel gas station is closed.

Driving Directions

From Adel, drive about 28 miles east on paved Highway 140. Turn left/north on Guano Valley Road (6106-A). Head 13 miles north and pass the historic Shirk Ranch. Continue less than a mile north and you will come to the creek crossing where you can park. The Guano Valley Road is passable by high-clearance vehicles when dry.