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Echo/Billy Jones - No. 1807,1824

Contact Info
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
88401 Hwy. 82
Enterprise, OR 97828

Phone:
541-426-4978
Basics
Length:
8 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5026 feet
Elevation Range:
5026 feet to 8700 feet
Elevation Change:
3674 feet
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

This trail affords you a wonderful view of the Matterhorn and Sacajawea peaks. You will travel through meadows of wildflowers and forested areas. A variety of wildflowers may be seen throughout the summer and early fall. Three miles from the trailhead you have a view of Slick Rock Falls. Echo Lake contains small but tasty brook trout. Fishing is also good in Billy Jones Lake. The west ridge above Echo Lake offers splendid views of the Lostine River Canyon. Make sure to pack your camera to enjoy this challenging journey.

NW Forest Passes are required at the Hurricane Creek Trailhead.

This area is subject to flash flooding and at times the road to the trailhead or the trail may be blocked at a relatively low elevation. The trail to Echo Lake is not maintained for stock use. It is steep and rocky as it climbs out of the valley, rising 2,400' in just over 3 miles.Plenty of time should be allowed for this hike, especially the last 3 miles and especially if you are carrying a full pack. A suggestion might be to camp close to the junction of the Hurricane Creek and Echo Lake Trails and continue the remainder of the hike into Echo Lake the second day.

First 5 miles heavy in summer and fall (horses and hikers), light to Echo Lake

Details

Length:
8 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5026
Elevation Range:
5026 feet to 8700
Elevation Change:
3674
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Highway No. 82 in Enterprise, go straight at the junction of Highway No. 82 and Hurricane Creek Road at the south end of town. Drive approximately 5 miles south of Enterprise to the corner of the Hurricane Creek Grange, then proceed straight ahead on County Road No. 521 and Forest Road No. 8205 (1 1/2 mile gravel, 1 mile paved, rough, RVs not recommended) to the trailhead.

From Joseph head west at 1917 Lumber Company onto County Road No. 774 (Airport Lane). Drive approximately 2 miles, and then take a left at the Hurricane Creek Grange onto County Road No. 521 and Forest Road No. 8205 (1 1/2 miles gravel, 1 mile paved, rough, RV's not recommended) to the trailhead.


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