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Pole Creek Ridge Trail - No. 1624

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

Phone:
541-523-4476
Basics
Length:
2 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6800 feet
Elevation Range:
6800 feet to 8000 feet
Elevation Change:
1200 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The Pole Creek Ridge Trail No. 1624 follows Pole Creek Ridge up to the Elkhorn Crest Trail No. 1611, providing a short, although steep access route to the crest. The trail starts at the turnaround on spur Forest Road No. 5536-200, on top of a small knoll. It contours around the south side of the rocky knoll above the road and descends to a grassy saddle before ascending along the south side of the ridge through a stand of old growth ponderosa pine. From this point, most of the trail follows the open, dry fairly steep ridgeline to the crest. The open sagebrush and grass slopes offer views south and west towards Sumpter and the rolling hills beyond.

Details

Length:
2 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6800
Elevation Range:
6800 feet to 8000
Elevation Change:
1200
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take State Highway 7 from Baker City to the Sumpter turn-off. From Sumpter, take County Road #553 to Forest Road #5536 then on to Forest Road #5536-150, 160, and 170 (follow the Pole Creek Ridge Trail #1624 signs) to the trailhead (38 miles from Baker City).


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