Route 4 is a west/east course that ties into Route 3 west of Sisters and to Route 5, Section 3 close to Seneca. It is very scenic, with wide open vistas available from the high desert plateau between Sisters and Prineville. Enjoy the wild flower covered and very deep grass covered meadows, and the deep, lush forest of central Oregon. As with the other routes, street legal vehicles are required in some areas. Sisters to Prineville, is an example. Several miles out of Prineville one enters National Forest lands. Sister, Prineville and Seneca are the best source of fuel and services. Route 4, along with Route 3 (when available) will be part of a central Oregon loop. Route 4 opens many additional possibilities for exploring Oregon's back country with it's connection to the other routes, one has many options for extending the explorations.
Why do we offer maps instead of GPS routes? Safety. The GPS companies discourage using GPS units as the only means of navigation. Stories of GPS unit failures are easy to come by. Reports of vehicle failures on the BCDR have been heard and experienced. We strongly recommend one carry Forest Service maps as well. Your journey will be one with few if any contacts with others outside your party. One needs to plan for being self-sufficient. Traveling with others is highly recommended. If one’s means of transport fails, it can be a really, really long hike, and it could be many days before someone comes along, if at all. Some areas have cell phone reception but should not be counted on. If it becomes necessary to find civilization in a hurry, for any reason, you will be thankful for all the maps and resources along with you.
Thanks to all you supporters who have purchased Back Country Maps. Your support is the only support we receive. Beware of those who are ripping off the BCDR system by offering goods not sanctioned. It hurts all of us with on-going development of new and expanded routes.
Mouse Over to Pause
GPX waypoints available upon request at time of purchase of map. Delivered by email after notice of map received.