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Osprey Point Interpretive Trail

Crane Prairie Reservoir

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Osprey Point Interpretive Trail

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  • The trailhead from the parking area.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • Billy Quinn's grave site.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • Hiking the Osprey Point Interpretive Trail.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • The scenery around most of the Osprey Point Interpretive Trail.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • The Osprey Point Interpretive Trail ends in a meadow. Crane Prairie can be seen in the background. - Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • A view of Crane Prairie from the end of the Osprey Point Interpretive Trail. American white pelicans, like the one in this picture, are a common sight here.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • The South Sister (10,358 ft) and Mount Bachelor (9,068 ft) peek over the trees at the end of the trail.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
  • A "haiku board" near the trailhead.- Osprey Point Interpretive Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Interesting history. Beautiful views of Mount Bachelor. Family friendly. Centrally located on Cascade Lakes Highway.
Cons: 
Can be prone to tree blowdowns in the spring. Muddy conditions at the end of the trail.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,480.00 ft (1,365.50 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Osprey Point Interpretive Trail is a short hike that everyone in the family can enjoy on their way to one of the many lakes on the southern half of the Cascade Lakes Highway. The trail is centrally located on the highway near Quinn River Campground. Being only about a mile in length with minimal elevation change, this is not a hike that will take more than an hour for most visitors; however, it does offer a surprisingly nice view of Mount Bachelor and a more obstructed view of Broken Top at the end, set against a vibrant meadow. In addition, pelicans and osprey frequent this meadow at the end of the trail, and the meadow's minimal tree coverage makes it a good destination for bird watching.

In addition to this, the burial site of Billy Quinn, a sheepsman who died young at Crane Prairie in 1894 and for whom the Quinn River was named, is located on this trail. Across from the gravesite is a tree and interpretive area about Forest Service fire patrolman Cy Bingham. These are located in the other direction from the meadow, between the day use trailhead and the trailhead that leads to Quinn River Campground. Note that there is no day use parking at Quinn River Campground.

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