Mill Creek and Twin Pillars

Twin Pillars
Easy
(to Ford #4)
2.6 miles round trip
150 feet elevation gain
Open mid-April to early December
Use: hikers, horses

Moderate (to Belknap Trail)
5.8 miles round trip
340 feet elevation gain

Difficult (to Twin Pillars)
11.6 miles round trip
1900 feet elevation gain
Open mid-May to mid-November 

                    Above: Twin Pillars

Little more than an hour’s drive from Bend, the Mill Creek Wilderness is an uncrowded retreat. For an easy walk, hike up Mill Creek to a meadow. For a longer trip, climb to a viewpoint beside Twin Pillars, a pair of 200-foot volcanic plugs. Almost the entire route is through burned woods recovering from a 2000 fire.

Start by driving Highway 26 ...

At the parking lot ignore ...

If you’re headed for Twin Pillars, ...

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.

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