North Fork John Day Wilderness: Elkhorn Crest Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike ranges from subalpine meadows to stark granitic ridge crests. Mountain goats live in this high country. Keep dogs under control. The hike provides a good lesson that a burned forest is not a dead forest. Deer, coyotes, kingfishers, owls, hawks, and woodpeckers are abundant, even though for the first 2 miles you hike through the bleached and skeletal remnants of a mixed forest that burned in the 1996 Sloan Ridge Fire.
From the trailhead, the trail almost immediately enters the North Fork John Day Wilderness to follow the North Fork John Day River. There are ample opportunities to visit the stream. Water is also abundant in small tributary streams early in the season."