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Lakes Lookout Trail - No. 1618

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

Phone:
541-523-4476
Basics
Length:
0.7 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 hour
Trailhead Elevation:
7800 feet
Elevation Range:
7800 feet to 8522 feet
Elevation Change:
722 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The steep, rocky trail ends at the former site of the historic Lakes Lookout fire tower used by the Forest Service in the early 1900's.

Squeezed between imposing boulders and rock faces, the trail rises to the top of the 8,522 foot peak. From the top, the magnificent scene displays eight alpine lakes scattered throughout the landscape, while the peaks of the Elkhorns rise on all sides, seemingly within reach.

Gunsight Mountain (8,342 ft.) and Angell Peak (8,646 ft.) stand near by.

Details

Length:
0.7 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 hour
Trailhead Elevation:
7800
Elevation Range:
7800 feet to 8522
Elevation Change:
722
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 Lake. On Forest Road 73, past the Elkhorn Summit, turn on Forest Road 210 (approximately 38 miles from Baker City).

Go to Forest Road 187. Turn south to the trailhead (Trail #1618), just before the end of the road.


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