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The Honeycombs

Owyhee Lake

Owyhee Plateau, Oregon

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  • The watering hole marks the trailhead for the Honeycombs.- The Honeycombs
  • Indian paintbrush (Castilleja).- The Honeycombs
  • The trail to the Honeycombs.- The Honeycombs
  • The trail to the Honeycombs.- The Honeycombs
  • A sign marking the end of a jeep trail. From here, climb Juniper Ridge and continue west. - The Honeycombs
  • Heading west along Juniper Ridge.- The Honeycombs
  • The trail drops into the pictured creek drainage from the top of Juniper Ridge.- The Honeycombs
  • Camp in Bensley Flats.- The Honeycombs
  • Camp in Bensley Flats.- The Honeycombs
  • The north side of the Honeycombs offers great opportunities for day hikes.- The Honeycombs
  • Heading out of Bensley Flats.- The Honeycombs
  • Entering the Honeycombs from Bensley Flats.- The Honeycombs
  • Heading up to Juniper Ridge.- The Honeycombs
  • - The Honeycombs
  • - The Honeycombs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
No crowds. Wild horses. Swimming. Remote.
Cons: 
Rough roads. Difficult route finding. Little to no water.
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Region:
Owyhee Plateau, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,600.00 ft (487.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
16.00 mi (25.75 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,300.00 ft (1,310.64 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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South of Ontario, Oregon, a true backcountry adventure in the Owyhee Canyonlands awaits. It's a place where the roads are unmarked, the trails are a combination of jeep routes and cattle paths, and there are no designated trailheads or interpretive signs. For those looking to try a new adventure in Oregon, the Honeycombs in the Owhyee Canyonlands is your ticket.

Formed from volcanic tuff, the Honeycombs resemble formations found in the popular Smith Rock State Park. After a 4-mile hike along Juniper Ridge you begin the 1000-foot descent into the Honeycombs. Here you'll be surrounded by large spires, boulder fields, and steep canyon walls that are spotted with caves. Once you've finished the descent, follow the prominent creek drainage out to Bensley Flat, which offers great camping. A small grove of cottonwoods on Owyhee Lake's north shore provides ample shade and easy access to swimming. From here one could spend days exploring the Honeycombs. If you are looking for a little more adventure, bring your rocks shoes, as there are plenty of bouldering opportunities throughout the area.

Please note that there is little to no running water on the way to Owyhee Lake, especially between late spring and early fall. Plan well and pack accordingly.

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