Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,316.00 ft (1,315.52 m)
Trail type
20.10 mi (32.35 km)
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Ten Cent Meadow is a 20.1-mile out-and-back hike through the Pueblo Mountains, starting from Fields-Denio Road to Ten Cent Meadow, tracing the path along Ten Cent Meadow Road. This hike is a splendid expedition through Oregon's high desert landscape, offering a serene and moderately challenging adventure. It is perfect for hikers eager to explore the tranquil beauty of the desert and its unique ecosystems. The route takes you through expansive sagebrush flats, past volcanic rock formations, and into the lush surroundings of Ten Cent Meadow.

Your adventure begins on Ten Cent Meadow Road, a dirt path located off Fields-Denio Road. The initial stretch of the hike introduces you to the vast, open expanse of Oregon's high desert, characterized by a sagebrush sea and distant mountain views.

As you follow Ten Cent Meadow Road, the terrain varies slightly, featuring gentle inclines and the occasional rocky patch. The path is well-defined, facilitating navigation as you delve deeper into the heart of the desert.

Approaching Ten Cent Meadow, the landscape transitions, showcasing vibrant wildflowers in spring and rich, golden hues in the fall. This area is a haven for wildlife, providing opportunities to spot mule deer, pronghorn antelopes, and a variety of bird species that inhabit this secluded environment.

After spending time exploring Ten Cent Meadow and enjoying the tranquility it offers, you'll retrace your steps along Ten Cent Meadow Road back to the trailhead on Fields-Denio Road.

The hike from Fields-Denio Road to Ten Cent Meadow is a journey into the unique beauty and solitude of Oregon's high desert. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or someone seeking to explore the desert for the first time, this trail offers a rewarding adventure amid stunning landscapes.

Best Time to Visit: Late spring and early fall, when temperatures are cooler, and the landscape is vibrant with the colors of seasonal blooms.

Safety and Considerations:


  • Navigation is generally straightforward, but carrying a detailed map, compass, or GPS device is recommended.

  • Water sources along the trail are scarce to non-existent; bring sufficient water to last the entire hike.

  • The desert environment can present extreme temperature fluctuations; dress in layers and prepare for both sun exposure and potential cold.

  • Wildlife is abundant; observe animals from a distance and do not disturb their natural behaviors.

  • Trailhead Information: The trailhead is located off Fields-Denio Road, with roadside parking available. Ensure your vehicle is parked safely off the road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round





Solitude. Fall Foliage. Desert Landscapes.


Lack of shade. Lack of water.

Trailhead Elevation

4,195.00 ft (1,278.64 m)

Highest point

7,086.00 ft (2,159.81 m)


Backcountry camping
Geologically significant
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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