North Fork & Buffalo Rock

Buffalo Rock

  • Easy (Westfir to turnaround beach)
  • 6.6 miles round trip
  • 200 feet elevation gain
  • Open all yearUse: hikers, horses, bicycles

  • Easy (Road 1939 to Buffalo Rock)
  • 5 miles round trip
  • 350 feet elevation gain

From Westfir to the Waldo Lake Wilderness, the North Fork Trail will eventually trace the North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River more than 35 miles. Sample the completed segments with two easy hikes. The first starts at Westfir’s covered bridge, ambling upstream past swimming holes and a historic dam site. The more remote Buffalo Rock section follows the whitewater river past giant trees, a cobble beach, and a lava knoll with wildflowers.

To find the trailhead in Westfir, drive . . .

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

The Office Bridge trailhead at Westfir