During our time here in Eastern Oregon, we have been in search of new and beautiful hikes. We have a guide book that we really enjoy, but many of the hikes we like are not in that book. We have searched online through blogs and websites, but there are not that many people who document their favorite hikes, at least not in Eastern Oregon. So, we thought it would be nice to document the hikes we go on to let others know of some of the great hiking options Eastern Oregon offers.
Where: Cornucopia, about 12 miles outside of Halfway, Oregon
Distance: About 4.5 miles round trip (to the waterfall and back)
Today we traveled to the ghost town Cornucopia for our hike. This town was once a booming town when gold was found there in the 1880s. The town was bustling with miners for years, until the mine finally closed in 1941. It has been sitting as a remembrance to that time ever since.
Right before the cutoff to the town, you take a right turn on a road that leads to a packing station. About 100 yards down the dirt road is a place to stop and park. From here we followed an old mining road that trails the river. The run-off from the snow made it difficult to find the trail at first. We followed the direction from the GPS and the descriptions in our guide book, but realized that we needed to cross what we thought was the river to the trail. Once we found the trail, we followed the path chasing the curves of the river, crossing over a few foot bridges, all the while keeping an eye out for the cascading waterfall.
It was interesting to see remnants of old mining equipment just left throughout the trail. The old rusted pieces of metal were burnt orange and darting out throughout our hike. This trail is positioned in the southern part of the Eagle Caps. About 5,000 feet up into the forest.
Overall it was an easy hike, once we found our way. It is about a 4.5 mile hike round trip. Our hike ended at the waterfall. The trail continues on, so we had to off-road it to the edge of the cliff that overlooks the falls. Unfortunately, with all the brush and placement of the trail, it was difficult to get a great view of the falls. The best place we found was at the top of the falls, watching the water plummet 40 feet into a blue pool below. The pictures really do not do it justice, unable to show the strength of the water, as well as the beauty.