88401 Hwy. 82
Enterprise, OR 97828
- 37.9 miles round trip
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 3600 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 3600 feet to 7935 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 4335 feet
- Heavy use in summer and fall (horses and hikers)
- Summer to Fall
Bear Creek runs along the entire trail, with many places to fish. The scenery is beautiful in this glacially formed drainage. The first three or four miles are open terrain. Views along the trail gradually change from flower filled meadows to scattered pines and a dense forest canopy.
NW Forest Passes are required at the Bear Creek Trailhead.
The trail along Bear Creek is gentle with no major streams to cross. Campsites can be found at Boundary Campground which offers picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets, but no developed drinking water. Due to the open nature of the basin, there are many opportunities for dispersed camping along the trail. Historical sites may be observed along the way. You will ride or hike along mountain ridges, viewing spectacular scenery. This route transgresses into meadows, mountain peaks, forested scenery and rocky hillsides.
Water is available on trail #1653, but be prepared when traveling over trail #1680 to have your own drinking water.
Horse users should be experienced if traveling over trail #1680.
Map + Directions
Bear Creek Trailhead is located nine miles south of Wallowa at Boundary Campground. Turn off State Highway No. 82 at the west end of Wallowa and follow signs to Bear Creek and Boundary Campground. Parking is located at the trailhead along with a loading ramp, hitch rails for stock, and outhouse facilities.