Elkhorn Scenic Byway

Granite, Oregon

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A 106-mile paved loop through the desert valleys of the Baker and Powder rivers, agricultural lands, and into the Blue Mountains and Elkhorn Range. From Baker City, the drive follows the Powder River west to Sumpter where it climbs into the Blue Mountains. Passing the semi-ghost town of Granite, it continues through magnificent mountain scenery to Elkhorn Pass and the Anthony Lakes Recreation Area. The descent is through a steep canyon back to the Baker Valley, then briefly crosses the original route of the Oregon Trail on the return to Baker City. Although the drive can be joined at Haines, Sumpter, or from the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway at North Fork John Day Campground, forest service route brochures start in Baker City. Special attractions: Oregon Trail Route and Interpretive Center, lakes and reservoirs, historic gold mining area, ski resort, mountain lakes, forest views, Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River, wildlife watching, recreational gold panning, and hiking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Elkhorn Scenic Byway Professional Review and Guide

"A 106-mile paved loop through the desert valleys of the Baker and Powder rivers, agricultural lands, and into the Blue Mountains and Elkhorn Range. From Baker City, the drive follows the Powder River west to Sumpter where it climbs into the Blue Mountains. Passing the semi-ghost town of Granite, it continues through magnificent mountain scenery to Elkhorn Pass and the Anthony Lakes Recreation Area. The descent is through a steep canyon back to the Baker Valley, then briefly crosses the original route of the Oregon Trail on the return to Baker City.

Although the drive can be joined at Haines, Sumpter, or from the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway at North Fork John Day Campground, forest service route brochures start in Baker City. Special attractions: Oregon Trail Route and Interpretive Center, lakes and reservoirs, historic gold mining area, ski resort, mountain lakes, forest views, Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River, wildlife watching, recreational gold panning, and hiking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Granite
Distance: 106
Season: Summer and fall
Local Contacts: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Umatilla National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Elkhorn Scenic Byway

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