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Summit Lake Trail - No. 1635

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

Phone:
541-523-4476
Basics
Length:
2.75 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Difficult
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6100 feet
Elevation Range:
6100 feet to 7247 feet
Elevation Change:
1147 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

Main access to the Summit Lake trail is from the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead near Anthony Lake.  The trail ascends 1000 feet in the first three miles and then follows Elkhorn Ridge for 5.5 miles to Cracker Creek Saddle.  At the saddle, cross the road and continue approximately 1/8 mile southeast to the Summit Lake trail No. 1635 junction.  The trail traverses a north-facing slope and provides views of the North Powder River valley.

Summit Lake is cradled by sheer rock walls on three sides, offering an extremely high quality alpine experience. Scattered camping sites exist throughout the basin.

The secondary access roads to Summit Lake Trail are from North Powder River and Cracker Creek roads and are suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles and trail bikes only. From the North Powder River Road trailhead to the lake, the 1.3 miles of trail are steep and difficult, gaining an elevation of 1,000 feet.

Restrictions: Closed to all motorized vehicle use.

Details

Length:
2.75 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Difficult
#1611 to Summit Lake-Easy. Summit Lake to Road 7301 - Most Difficult.
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6100
Elevation Range:
6100 feet to 7247
Elevation Change:
1147
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.

Access to Trail #1635 is by the Elkhorn Crest Trail #1611. Trailhead facilities for trail #1611 are located east of the entrance to Anthony Lake Campground area. Secondary access is by the North Powder River Road (#7301) or Cracker Creek Road (#5505).


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