Elkhorn Crest Trail Backpacking

Baker City, Oregon 97814

Elkhorn Crest Trail Backpacking

Elkhorn Crest Trail (Backpacking) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The jagged spine of the Elkhorn Range rises dramatically above Baker City and the Powder River Valley. Strangely, although countless thousands of people drive past these impressive peaks on Interstate 84, relatively few stop to explore. This narrow range hides many of the same treasures that make the nearby Wallowa Mountains so popular (granite peaks, glacial lakes, and clear streams), but for some reason it receives only a tiny fraction of the publicity. Lovers of solitude would prefer it stayed that way.

Unfortunately, most of this range is unprotected and therefore open to mining (once an important business in these mountains), logging, and motorbikes. A trip along the view-packed Elkhorn Crest Trail is the ideal way for backpackers to enjoy this lovely range and learn what is at stake. This relatively easy trail closely follows a high ridge for its entire length. Side trails drop to numerous lakes and meadows with scenic campsites. The trip is beautiful in either direction, but south to north is marginally easier, since the start is some 400 feet higher."

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Trail Information

Baker City
Nearby City
28
Distance
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 days
Duration
Usually July to October; best mid-July
Season
Baker Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS - Elkhorn Peak, Bourne, and Anthony Lakes
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018