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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

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.

Trailhead Elevation

4,480.00 ft (1,365.50 m)

Net Elevation Gain

30.00 ft (9.14 m)

Address

Co Hwy 46
OR 97413
United States

Features

Historically significant
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

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