Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,113.00 ft (339.24 m)
Trail type
10.80 mi (17.38 km)
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Nestled just outside the quaint town of Frenchglen, Oregon, the Frenchglen Loop is a 10.8-mile trail renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and serene environment. This loop, following rustic two-track dirt roads, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to immerse themselves in nature's beauty.

The trail offers panoramic views of the Catlow Valley, the majestic Steens Mountain, and the expansive Malheur Wildlife Refuge. These scenic vistas provide a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable hiking experience. Steens Mountain, in particular, is a towering presence in the high desert region of southeastern Oregon, offering a diverse range of flora and fauna unique to this area.

Frenchglen is celebrated for its proximity to these natural wonders, providing a gateway to a variety of hiking opportunities. From leisurely strolls through lush meadows to more strenuous treks up rugged terrains, the region caters to all levels of hiking enthusiasts.

The Frenchglen Loop itself is a journey through varied landscapes, offering moments of solitude and peacefulness. As hikers traverse this trail, they are greeted with ever-changing views that captivate and inspire. The route is also well-known for its accessibility, making it a great choice for a day trip or a weekend adventure.

This area is a magnet for tourists, drawing in avid birders, hikers, and nature lovers from all over. The diverse birdlife at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is a particular highlight, offering birdwatching opportunities that are among the best in the Pacific Northwest.


For those planning a visit, the ideal time to explore the Frenchglen Loop is from March through November. During these months, the weather is most favorable for hiking, with milder temperatures and clearer skies. The spring and fall seasons, with their moderate climate, provide an especially pleasant hiking experience, with vibrant wildflowers in the spring and a kaleidoscope of fall colors later in the year.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or someone looking to enjoy a leisurely day in nature, the Frenchglen Loop offers an experience that combines tranquility, natural beauty, and the spirit of adventure. So pack your hiking boots, grab your camera, and prepare for a journey that will leave you with lasting memories of the stunning Oregon landscape.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic Views. Solitude.


Some road walking.

Trailhead Elevation

4,678.00 ft (1,425.85 m)

Highest point

5,392.00 ft (1,643.48 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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