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Phone
Phone:
541-523-4476
Address
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
3285 11th St.
PO Box 947
Baker City, OR 97814
Basics
Length:
1.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6381 feet
Elevation Range:
6381 feet to 7396 feet
Elevation Change:
1015 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail begins at the lower trailhead at the end of Forest Road No. 130. Follow Forest Road No. 131 to the upper trailhead at the top of the runs of former "Little Alps" ski area. The climb is short and steep in places. The trail crosses lodgepole pine forest and a grassy slope with summer wildflowers. A panoramic view of the North Powder Valley and Wallowa Mountains displays to the east. The lake is dammed for irrigation use. Several campsites are available along the western shore.

Restrictions: No restrictions for 1 mile, then closed to all motorized vehicle use.

Length:
1.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6381
Elevation Range:
6381 feet to 7396
Elevation Change:
1015
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall
Basic Directions

From Baker City, Oregon, take U.S. Highway 30 to Haines, turn west on County Road 1146, follow the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway signs toward Anthony Lake. Continue on Forest Road #73 to Van Patten Lake Trailhead sign (approximately 29.5 miles from Baker City). Turn on Forest Road #130 to the lower trailhead. Parking spaces are available near the maintenance shed at the base of the hill.

Four-wheel drive vehicles may continue on Forest Road #131 for one mile to the upper trailhead (Trail #1634), for additional parking spaces. This road is steep, rocky, and has a short turning radius on the switchbacks. It is also severely out-sloped in places.

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