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Elkhorn Crest Trail - No. 1611

Contact Info
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
3285 11th St.
PO Box 947
Baker City, OR 97814

Phone:
541-523-4476
Basics
Length:
23 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Difficult
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
7100 feet
Elevation Range:
7100 feet to 8400 feet
Elevation Change:
1300 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

From Anthony Lakes, the trail is more difficult, ascending 1,000 feet on the first 2 miles. Then, the trail levels to offer a gentle hike to the south end at Marble Creek Pass.

The Elkhorn Crest Trail is a National Recreation Trail and the highest trail in the Blue Mountains, crossing alpine and sub-alpine life zones up to 8,200' elevation. Panoramic views of the Baker Valley and the Wallowa Mountains meet the eye to the east, while the endless folds of the Blue Mountains fade away to the south and west. Six lakes may be viewed from the Crest Trail and an additional five can be reached by spur trails or cross-country travel. Meadows and some springs below the trail offer rest stops and campsites.

Wildlife, such as deer, elk, mountain goats and birds of prey may be observed from the trail.

Water on the trail is scarce and unsafe to drink if not previously treated.

Parking at the trailhead requires a Northwest Forest Pass.

From Elkhorn Crest Trailhead at Anthony Lake to Cracker Saddle (9 miles) is Wilderness: Closed to motorized and mechanized travel. From Cracker Saddle to Marble Pass (14 miles) is open to bicycles and trailbikes.

Details

Length:
23 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Difficult
Anthony Lake to Crest-More difficult. Crest to Marble Pass-Easy
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
7100
Elevation Range:
7100 feet to 8400
Elevation Change:
1300
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

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 to Anthony Lakes (32 miles). Access to the trailhead is just east of Anthony Lakes Campground. Or, from Baker City, take Pocahontas Road to the west (7 miles) to Forest Road 6510 (Marble Creek Road). Follow the road for 8 miles (high-clearance vehicles only) to the south trailhead on Marble Pass.


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