Bear Creek Trail 1653

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon

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Bear Creek Trail 1653 is a hiking trail in Wallowa County, Oregon. It is within Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. 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.
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Bear Creek Trail 1653 is a hiking trail in Wallowa County, Oregon. It is within Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. 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: Miners Basin Trail 1671 and Washboard Trail 1680.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Distance: 17.4
Elevation Gain: 6,453 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,723 feet
Top Elevation: 7,729 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Creek Trail 1653
Parks: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 3723/7729 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3723/3723 ft

Bear Creek Trail 1653 Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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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May 2018