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Rock Creek Lake Trail - No. 1626

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

Phone:
541-523-4476
Basics
Length:
3.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5800 feet
Elevation Range:
5800 feet to 7680 feet
Elevation Change:
1880 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The steep and strenuous trail No. 1626 provides an especially varied and scenic route to the heart of the Elkhorn range climbing through a forested slope in the first two miles and then skirting the eastern edge of Rock Creek basin. Two large meadows interspersed with spruce/fir bogs fill this basin, providing ample campsite areas. Views of the basin and the West Fork Rock Creek drainage are displayed from the upper section of the trail. A smaller, seasonally wet meadow marks the approach to Rock Creek Lake.

The lake lies in a talus basin beneath Rock Creek Butte (9,105') and Spirit Rock. Snow pockets remain year-round on the southeast side of the lake.

Restrictions: Closed to all motorized vehicle use.

Details

Length:
3.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5800
Elevation Range:
5800 feet to 7680
Elevation Change:
1880
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. 1 ½ miles out of Haines, take a left on County Road 552 and follow it to the right (west).  About 4 miles after the pavement ends, it turns into Forest Road 5520.  Take the 5520-100 road to the right and across the bridge. Stay left on the 100 road. The trailhead is 23 miles from Baker City. The last 4 miles of the road are recommended for 4-wheel drive vehicles only.


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