Little Blitzen Gorge

Princeton, Oregon 97721

Little Blitzen Gorge

Little Blitzen Gorge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A richly colored canyon with swimming holes, sweeping views, and many backcountry camping options. Quicker and easier access than Big Indian.

Almost as scenic as its neighbor Big Indian, the canyon of Little Blitzen River features better autumn colors, fewer people (though not by much), and easier access to the canyon proper. The actual trail doesn’t start at the parking area. Hikers must follow the road 0.2 mile more to where the trail begins on the left. It’s easy to find. The trail starts with a 0.5-mile downhill drop to a river crossing.

A creek crossing can be treacherous in spring and early summer. The trail can be rocky, slippery, and steep in sections. Because of sagebrush and overgrown sections of trail, be sure to wear long pants."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,513 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
June–late Nov
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Burns District Office: (541) 573-4400; Frenchglen Historic Hotel: (541) 493-2825
Local Contacts
USGS Fish Lake; BLM Burns District (south); Steens High Desert Country
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018