Prineville BLM Installs Two Trailheads West of Redmond
Central Ore. – Beginning in mid-March, the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District will be installing two new trailheads outside of Redmond in the Cline Buttes area.
Construction has began on the Cascade View Trailhead, one of two proposed trailheads to serve the buttes portion of the Cline Buttes Recreation Area. It is located approximately seven miles west of Redmond and will provide parking and non-motorized access for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The parking area will include separate parking area for single vehicles and horse trailers and will include a small picnic area and toilets. The trailhead construction will also include approximately 14 miles of horse trails and 24 miles of bicycle trails (pedestrians are able to use either trail system). A portion of the new trail construction, signing and reseeding will be completed this year with additional trail development continuing in the future.
Construction on the second trailhead, Buckhorn Staging Area has also begun. The trailhead will provide motorized access for users north of State Highway 126 approximately eight miles west of Redmond. The staging area will include a gravel entrance road and parking area, toilet, kiosks, picnic tables and primitive camping area. Trail construction will occur in 2017 and 2018.
Construction on the new trailheads is anticipated to take approximately 90 days. After the initial phase of construction, BLM staff will work with volunteers and youth crews to finish the projects by doing trail work, fence building, gate and sign installation, as well as reseeding and other tasks. Both projects were partially funded through Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreation Trails Program grants.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.