Moderate (Rock Creek to Fir Tree Creek)
7.6 miles round trip
620 feet elevation loss
Open late May to mid-November
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles
Moderate (to rim cairn and Spanish Peak)
1000 feet elevation gain
Open early June to mid-November
A new trail on the crest of the Ochoco Mountains connects the views and wildflowers at Spanish Peak with a historic mining ditch along forested Rock Creek. For a day hike, try either end of this trail system. If you have a shuttle car, you can hike the entire route one way, mostly downhill.
Drive Highway 26 east of Prineville ...
The trail that starts here ambles across a meadow of blue lupine and scattered pines, descends 0.4 mile to a footbridge across 15-foot-wide Rock Creek, and then follows the creek down through lovely meadows and stands of lodgepole pine.
Drive east on gravel Road ...
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.