Elkhorn Drive

Sumpter, Oregon

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A 106-mile loop to the crest of the Elkhorn Range, past historic mining territory, rivers, and lakes. Elkhorn Drive encircles the southern portion of the Elkhorn Range in the Blue Mountains, passing through country rich in history, geology, and scenery. The paved, two-lane highway is lightly traveled and has frequent scenic and recreational turnouts. Watch for logging trucks. Special attractions: Narrow-gauge railroad, lakes and rivers, large elk herds, Oregon Trail Regional Museum, historic mining relics, Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, North Fork John Day Wilderness, Granite “ghost town,” bright autumn foliage, alpine and cross-country skiing, museum in Haines, Bureau of Land Management Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. 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 Drive Professional Review and Guide

"A 106-mile loop to the crest of the Elkhorn Range, past historic mining territory, rivers, and lakes. Elkhorn Drive encircles the southern portion of the Elkhorn Range in the Blue Mountains, passing through country rich in history, geology, and scenery. The paved, two-lane highway is lightly traveled and has frequent scenic and recreational turnouts. Watch for logging trucks.

Special attractions: Narrow-gauge railroad, lakes and rivers, large elk herds, Oregon Trail Regional Museum, historic mining relics, Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, North Fork John Day Wilderness, Granite “ghost town,” bright autumn foliage, alpine and cross-country skiing, museum in Haines, Bureau of Land Management Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. 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: Sumpter
Distance: 106
Season: Year-round, with sections open only from late June to early November
Local Contacts: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Elkhorn Drive

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