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S. Fork Imnaha - No. 1816,1820,1831

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

Phone:
541-426-4978
Basics
Length:
43.6 miles round trip
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
4526 feet
Elevation Range:
4526 feet to 8800 feet
Elevation Change:
4274 feet
Usage:
Moderate in summer, heavy with hunters in fall
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail follows the South Fork of the Imnaha River. An area known as the "Blue Hole" is two miles up the river. Look for a long, deep pool running through sheer rock walls.

This trail provides you with excellent views of Marble Mountain, Cusick Mountain, and Sentinal Peak. From Hawkins pass you have a panoramic view of Eagle Cap Peak. This route takes you past Little Frazier and Frazier lakes. Toward the top of Polaris Pass you will encounter shell rock which can be difficult for stock animals. Polaris Pass is beautiful and provides you with many breath-taking views of the wilderness area.

NW Forest Passes are required at Indian Crossing Trailhead.

This is a well maintained trail with easy grades through open pine forest along the Imnaha River. The climb up Polaris Pass is steep and rocky. Be sure to carry water for this leg of the journey. The route is adequately signed. The bridge on the South Fork Imnaha Trail #1816 was replaced in 1998 and is again open for stock animals.

Indian Crossing Campground has a water pump and vault toilets. There are also many opportunities for dispersed camping along the trail.

Parking is available at the trailhead along with a loading ramp and hitch rails for stock.

Details

Length:
43.6 miles round trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
4526
Elevation Range:
4526 feet to 8800
Elevation Change:
4274
Usage:
Moderate in summer, heavy with hunters in fall
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take State Highway No. 350 from Joseph, OR. Drive approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Forest Road No. 39 (Wallowa Mountain Loop Road). Travel approximately 40 miles and turn right onto Forest Road No. 3960. It is approximately 10 miles to Indian Crossing campground and trailhead.


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