Bonanza Trail #786
ElevationAscent: 2,904' 885 m
Descent: -42' -13 m
High: 4,207' 1,282 m
Low: 1,345' 410 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“The Bonanza Trail heads up Cheeney Creek and then climbs up to Huckleberry Mountain and Plaza Trail.”— Kathleen Walker
Visitors should get to Welches Road in Welches, Oregon and drive for 1.2 miles south on Welches Road to a junction and bear left, still on Welches Road. Drive for 0.7 miles and make a right onto E. Bridge Street. Go for 0.2 miles, as far as a one lane bridge, and drive another 0.2 miles around to the left to park at a cable gate where there are small signs for the Bonanza Trailhead.
From the trailhead, find a cable and cross over it to an old logging road. Follow that straight where it heads down a series of switchbacks to another intersection. Turn right and cross over a wide creek where you'll find a trail sign and continue on the road that gradually becomes a trail above Cheney Creek. The trail generally follows the northwest side of Cheeney Creek for approximately 1.6 miles. The trail then begins a long climb (3.2 miles) to the trail's end at Plaza Trail #783 on the ridgeline of Huckleberry Mountain. On the upper flanks, you pass an old mine from the early 1900's on the upper reaches near a tributary. Once on the ridgeline, you'll find the best views of Mt. Hood, views to the south, and wildflowers.
Visitors can return on the same route or make a shuttled outing by turning right onto Plaza Trail #783 and following it to Boulder Ridge Trail #783A. Follow #783A to its end within BLM's Wildwood Day Use Area.
The Bonanza Trail is in wilderness and has relatively low use compared to other trails. It is rugged terrain so a map and compass is recommended. The Topo quads are Rhododendron and Wildcat.
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict