Hiking The Elkhorn Crest Trail
The 20th most popular hiking trail in Oregon.
Thursday 4 August 2016 05:25 GMT
Near Baker City in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, the 23 mile Elkhorn Crest Trail is a National Recreation Trail and the highest trail in the Blue Mountains, crossing alpine and sub-alpine life zones up to 8,200 feet elevation. Panoramic views of the Baker Valley and the Wallowa Mountains meet the eye to the east, while the endless folds of the Blue Mountains fade away to the south and west. Six lakes may be viewed from the Crest Trail and an additional five can be reached by spur trails or cross-country travel. Meadows and some springs below the trail offer rest stops and campsites. From Anthony Lakes, the trail is more difficult, ascending 1,000 feet on the first 2 miles. Then, the trail levels to offer a gentle hike to the south end at Marble Creek Pass.
To reach the trailhead 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 Lakes (32 miles). Access to the trailhead is just east of Anthony Lakes Campground. Or, from Baker City, take Pocahontas Road to the west (7 miles) to Forest Road 6510 (Marble Creek Road). Follow the road for 8 miles (high-clearance vehicles only) to the south trailhead on Marble Pass.
Parking at the trailhead requires a Northwest Forest Pass.
Overall, Elkhorn Crest Trail is the 20th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Oregon.