Bear Creek Trail 1653

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain6,453ft
Trailhead Elevation3,723ft
Elevation Min/Max3723/7729ft
Elevation Start/End3723/3723ft

Bear Creek Trail 1653

Bear Creek Trail 1653 is a hiking trail in Wallowa County, Oregon. It is within Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. It is 17.4 miles long and begins at 3,723 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 35.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,453 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Bowman Trail 1651.

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Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"This backpack route goes along Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trailhead to the Bowman Trail, giving access to Baker Trail, Goat Creek Trail, Dobbin Creek Trail, Washboard Trail, and Bowman Trail. It also passes a short distance from Bear Lake. (Trail 1653) From the trailhead (3,720 ft.) Bear Creek Trail heads south, up Bear Creek. At 0.25 mile the trail crosses a bridge over Bear Creek. There is lots of syringa (mock orange) along the lower part of this trail. An open viewpoint on the right side of the trail is 0.75 mile farther. Looking to the south, the high point is Fox Point. Fox Point is at the end of a side ridge extending northeast from Standley Ridge."
Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"Tucked away in a lesser used corner of the Wallowa Mountains, this loop provides an excellent opportunity for experienced hikers to explore some outstanding country, see plenty of wildlife, and enjoy lonesome trails. Although there is only one lake along the way, anglers have ample opportunity to try their luck catching Bear Creek’s many brook and rainbow trout. (Artificial flies or lures are required, and any bull trout must be released unharmed.) The hike also features two historic log cabins, both of which are worth exploring. This trip’s main attraction, however, at least from a scenery standpoint, is the spectacular hike along Washboard Ridge, one of the most outstanding ridge walks in Oregon. Although the views are awe inspiring, the hike is quite rugged, so only fit hikers should consider this trip."

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Trail Information

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Nearby City
Eagle Cap Wilderness Area
USDA Forest Service Wallowa MountainsOffice,201E2ndSt./POBox905, Joseph, OR 97846; (541) 426-5546, (541) 426-4978;
Local Contacts
USGS Fox Point OR, Jim White Ridge OR, and North Minam Meadows OR; Geo Graphics Wallowa Mountains Eagle Cap Wilderness
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