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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Cline Buttes Recreation Area Etiquette Details

Cline Buttes Recreation Area

Trail Use

Travel off designated routes is not allowed for motorized use, mountain bicyclists and equestrians. Hikers should avoid traveling off designated routes in the same area to avoid creating a visible trail.

Trails will be occasionally closed for maintenance, or seasonally closed to protect resources. Please respect all trail closures.

The motorized trail system may cross improved roads that serve as rights-of-way to private parcels. If you come across improved gravel or paved roads within the CBRA, they are not part of the OHV system and should not be used.

Yielding the Trail

  • Currently, all trails are two-way routes. When riding, always anticipate other trail users around the next corner.
  • Show courtesy when meeting others. Horse riders have the right-of-way on shared-use trails.
  • When passing, OHV riders and mountain bicyclists should use voice or hand signals to communicate the number in their party.
  • Where possible, horse riders request that those riding OHVs remove their helmets. This makes the rider look more human and is less likely to spook the horse.
  • Always use courtesy when meeting others by slowing down or stopping altogether and follow signs for yielding the trail.
  • Any non-motorized trail uses can use the motorized trail system, but users should be aware that OHV use may be present on these routes, particularly in the winter and early spring. Riding "sharefully" can help give everyone a good experience.

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Trail Difficulty Levels

Trails in the CBRA will be designated with varying difficulty levels to allow visitors to choose trails according to their skill levels and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. In general, narrower, steeper, and more obstacle-prone trails are more challenging. These levels are represented by the following symbols:

  • Easy Trail Trail Difficulty Level
  • More Difficult/Moderate Trail Trail Difficulty Level
  • Very Difficult Trail Difficulty Level
  • Extremely Difficult Trail Difficulty Level

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Horses

The CBRA has about 80 miles of planned Equestrian Trails and multiple trailheads will be designed specifically to accommodate horse trailers. Visitors should anticipate higher weekend usage.

Part of having an enjoyable experience in the CBRA is ensuring that everyone is safe. Riding a horse in a multi-use environment requires a high level of awareness. Reading and following these tips will help ensure a safe experience.

Safety

  • Stay on maintained trails and observe all posted signs.
  • Ride with a buddy and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Watch for overhanging branches from shrubs and trees.
  • Keep horses at a walk when passing other visitors and stay to the uphill side.
  • Carry first-aid and your vet's phone number in case of emergency.
  • Bring water for yourself and have water in your trailer for your horse. Little to no water is available in the recreation area.

Etiquette

  • Be courteous to other trail users. Hikers, bikers, and motorized vehicles should yield to horses, but may be unaware of protocol.
  • Manure must be picked up from parking lots, trailheads, and staging areas.
  • Pack out what you pack in.

Resource Protection

  • Horses are allowed only on designated trails; off-trail use is not permitted.
  • After rain, check with BLM or local trail user groups for trail conditions and closures. Trail use is not recommended when trails are wet and prone to damage.
  • Leave gates as you found them (open or closed) or as signed.

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Mountain Bikes

Cline Buttes Recreation Area

The mountain bike trails planned for the recreation area traverse a wide variety of terrain including gently rolling ground through ancient juniper forests to steep trails on the buttes and narrow trails through remote dry canyons. On any visit, always ride responsibly and with minimal impact to the land.

Safety

  • Plan your trip carefully, prepare to be self-sufficient (carry water and high-energy snacks) at all times, and tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Know your equipment, your abilities and the trail you are going to ride. Scout trails that are at higher difficulty levels before riding them.
  • Keep your bicycle in good condition - carry tools for minor repairs and know how to use them.
  • Be aware of your surroundings - trails will often have other users, including pedestrians and equestrians.
  • Always wear a helmet, control your speed, and avoid travelling alone in remote areas.

Etiquette

  • Stay on designated trails and roads, do not enter private property, and respect all seasonal closures.
  • Yield the right of way to hikers and equestrians. Announce your approach well in advance and identify the number of riders in your party.
  • Stand off to the side as oncoming horses approach and pass. Talk to the riders as they pass. Do not attempt to pass equestrians until you have alerted them to your presence and asked their permission to pass to avoid spooking the horses.
  • Park off the trail, even in remote areas, to allow others to pass.

Resource Protection

  • Do not cut switchbacks or create new trails.
  • Chose other locations to ride if trail conditions are wet and muddy.
  • Leave gates as you found them (open or closed) or as signed.
  • Avoid muddy trails, avoid skidding, and reduce your speed in corners during turns.
  • Pack out what you pack in.

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Fences, Gates, and Livestock

The recreation area is home to multiple grazing allotments and several mineral material sites which may have surrounding fences and gates. Many fences are located in the CBRA due to private property boundaries.

  • Do not cut any fences in the area or cross through and area where a fence has been cut. This will lead you into areas closed for trail use, or allow cattle to escape their pastures and endanger motorists on local roads.
  • Look for cattle and slow down when nearing them. It is against the law to chase or harass livestock and wildlife.
  • Leave gates as you found them (open or closed) or as signed.

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Camping and Campfires

Overnight use will be allowed only at the following trailheads: North Barr, Tumalo Canal, and Buckhorn. Outside the trailhead areas, dispersed camping is allowed throughout the CBRA, as long as vehicles remain alongside designated routes. To lessen impacts of camping:

  • Use portable camp stoves for cooking.
  • If you decide to have a campfire, build one that is small (no more than 2 ft. x 2 ft. diameter) and that you are able to control. Be mindful of vegetation around the area, and do not build a fire in windy conditions.
  • Use only dead wood you collect on the ground.
  • Do not limb trees - they are an essential part of the Cline Buttes Recreation Area experience.
  • If you do build a fire, find 10 foot diameter spot clear of vegetation. Do not dig a pit. Use the sandy soil or rocks to create a campfire ring. Use a shovel and water to completely extinguish your fire when you are not present to watch it. Once your fire ring is cold, scatter the ring and cover the ash with sand to eliminate its trace.
  • Know the fire restrictions before you go: annual campfire closures are in place along the Deschutes River where it crosses Highway 20 north to Lake Billy Chinook. Additional fire closures may be in place depending on conditions. Please see our Alerts and Notices sections for current fire closures.

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Sanitation

Bury human waste 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet (about 70 adult paces) from camps, trails and trailheads. Do not use rock fissures to bury your waste.

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Hunting/Trapping

The recreation area is open to these uses in accordance with Oregon State Game laws. Please follow the common sense rules of hunter safety; other visitors and adjacent landowners may be present.

Firearm use in the CBRA is managed as follows:

  • The Harper Road parcel is closed to all firearm discharge.
  • The Tumalo Canal Historic Area (ACEC) is closed to all firearm discharge.
  • The CBRA east of Barr Road is closed to firearm discharge unless legally hunting.
  • The entire CBRA is open to archery hunting.

A map of areas closed to target shooting or hunting is available.

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Pets

  • Loose pets can be a menace to wildlife and vegetation, and an annoyance to other users.
  • The CBRA is open to trapping; dogs that do not stay within sight of you on the trail may come across a trap line and get caught.
  • Be aware that your dog may show unusual or surprising responses to other hikers, other dogs, horses, mountain bikes, and OHVs.
  • Be aware that while you know your dog is friendly, other users on the trail may not. It is your responsibility to keep your dog from approaching or harassing other users.
  • Please control your pet at all times, or consider leaving your pet at home.

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Safety

While located in the middle of Central Oregon, the size and ruggedness of the area requires that visitors be self-sufficient. Trail users should wear appropriate safety gear, be skilled and prepared for the trail difficulty they are using, and carry a first aid kit. Trail users should not travel alone if possible. Be aware of your surroundings and make sure you know how to read a map and use a compass. Users should also be prepared for sudden weather changes that can cause temperatures to drop rapidly.

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