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S. Fork Imnaha - No. 1816,1820

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

Phone:
541-426-4978
Basics
Length:
11 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4526 feet
Elevation Range:
4526 feet to 8330 feet
Elevation Change:
3804 feet
Usage:
Moderate in summer and fall
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail follows the South Fork of the Imnaha River and provides numerous access points to other trails. This is a well maintained trail with easy grades through open pine forest. The area known as the "Blue Hole" is two miles from the trailhead. Look for a long, deep pool running through sheer rock walls. The hike to the "Blue Hole" is an excellent day hike and fishing is good in this area.

As you follow the trail towards Hawkins Pass and/or Frazier Lake you will be traveling through a valley with mountains rising up on both sides of the trail. As you reach Hawkins Pass the elevation dramatically increases as you hike this 8,330 foot granite mountain. A panoramic view awaits you at the top of Hawkins Pass. Dropping in elevation, you will encounter switchbacks on your way to Little Frazier Lake.

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

NW Forest Passes are required at the Indian Crossing trailhead. The route is adequately signed. This trail gets steep heading up Hawkins Pass and you will want to carry water for this portion of the trail. Hunting Season begins in the fall. Parking is available at the trailhead along with a loading ramp and hitch rail for stock.

Details

Length:
11 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4526
Elevation Range:
4526 feet to 8330
Elevation Change:
3804
Usage:
Moderate in summer and 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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