Cougar Ridge

Minam, Oregon

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This backpacking route leads along a ridge from the Minam River Trail, in the bottom of the Minam Riiver canyon to the meadow lands at Standley Guard Station. The lower 5 miles of this trail are mostly in the open, with good views of this rugged canyon country. The entire route traverses excellent elk and bear country. The upper and lower portions of this trail may be hiked separately by using Middle Cougar Ridge Trailhead. The entire Cougar RidgeTrail as described here is best done as an extention of a backpack trip along the Lower Minam River Trail. (Trails 1649 and 1668)
Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

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Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

This backpacking route leads along a ridge from the Minam River Trail, in the bottom of the Minam Riiver canyon to the meadow lands at Standley Guard Station. The lower 5 miles of this trail are mostly in the open, with good views of this rugged canyon country.

The entire route traverses excellent elk and bear country. The upper and lower portions of this trail may be hiked separately by using Middle Cougar Ridge Trailhead. The entire Cougar RidgeTrail as described here is best done as an extention of a backpack trip along the Lower Minam River Trail. (Trails 1649 and 1668)

© 2014 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Minam
Distance: 27.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Late May through early Nov for the lower portion, and mid-June through Oct for the upper portion
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service Wallowa MountainsOffice,201E2ndSt./POBox905, Joseph, OR 97846; (541) 426-5546, (541) 426-4978; www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
Local Maps: USGS Mount Moriah OR and Fox Point OR; Geo Graphics Wallowa Mountains Eagle Cap Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Cougar Ridge

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