Hiking

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Hiker heading back from Twin Lakes (Elkhorn Mountains) June 2013Hiking is a great way to discover the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest – for visitors of almost any age and ability level. With more than 2,700 miles of trails, the Forest has one to fit just about everybody. Some trails are easy and fun for families with small children; some paths make great half-day hikes. Other trails can lead to a backpacking adventure for a night or much longer. Wilderness trails are the most primitive and best suited for experienced hikers who enjoy strenuous activities.

Please remember that many of these trails are multiple-use. Non-motorized trails are limited to hikers and horses, with some trails open to mountain bikes. A few trails are open to both motorized and non-motorized users. Wilderness trails are closed to all types of motor vehicles and mechanical transport, including bicycles, wagons and carts. Guided hikes may also be available at some locations. Practicing Outdoor Ethics will ensure that everyone on the trail has an enjoyable experience.

Please practice Outdoor Safety and Leave No Trace to make your visit safe and enjoyable while protecting resources we all enjoy.

Many trails have some type of regulation, fee or seasonal restriction, so it's wise to find out more about the specific trail you wish to explore before showing up at the trailhead. Parking and comfort stations exist at some trailhead locations. Stop or call one of our District Offices for maps and specific information.

For more ideas on 'kid friendly' hikes, accessible trails, or wilderness loop and destination trails, check out these recommendations.