Jim White Ridge

Cove, Oregon

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This trail heads down Jim White Ridge from the Little Minam River Trail to Moss Springs/Horse Ranch Trail. Jim White Ridge is most easily accessed from the North Fork Catherine Creek Trailhead or Moss Springs Trailhead. Jim White Ridge Trail heads north from the junction. At first the trail climbs a grassy slope, nearly reaching the top of the ridge. The view to the east is of the Minam River canyon and the higher parts of the Wallowa Mountains. A short distance farther the trail enters a burned area. Soon it comes to the junction with Little Pot Creek Trail. There are many possible loop hikes to make from the trail; consult your map. Jim White Ridge Trail takes considerable route-finding skills. There are a lot of huckleberry bushes. These berries ripen in late August and September and can add pleasure and nourishment to the long hike down Jim White Ridge. As is usually the case in the Wallowa Mountains, watch for bears gorging themselves on the sweet purple fruit.
Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

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Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

This trail heads down Jim White Ridge from the Little Minam River Trail to Moss Springs/Horse Ranch Trail. Jim White Ridge is most easily accessed from the North Fork Catherine Creek Trailhead or Moss Springs Trailhead. Jim White Ridge Trail heads north from the junction. At first the trail climbs a grassy slope, nearly reaching the top of the ridge. The view to the east is of the Minam River canyon and the higher parts of the Wallowa Mountains. A short distance farther the trail enters a burned area. Soon it comes to the junction with Little Pot Creek Trail. There are many possible loop hikes to make from the trail; consult your map. Jim White Ridge Trail takes considerable route-finding skills.

There are a lot of huckleberry bushes. These berries ripen in late August and September and can add pleasure and nourishment to the long hike down Jim White Ridge. As is usually the case in the Wallowa Mountains, watch for bears gorging themselves on the sweet purple fruit.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Cove
Distance: 17.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-June through Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service Wallowa Mountains Office, 201 E 2nd St./PO Box 905, Joseph, OR 97846; (541) 426-5546, (541) 426-4978; www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
Local Maps: USGS Jim White Ridge OR and Mount Fanny OR; Geo Graphics Wallowa Mountains Eagle Cap Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Jim White Ridge

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