Forest Road and Access Report

This Forest Road and Access Report summarizes the current known conditions for many of the main roads across the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Most forest roads are only seasonally open and driveable from the late spring through the fall. When they are 'maintained' the road has been driven by district road engineers and the observed hazards have been removed. The tables below summarize road conditions in areas near cities with Forest Service offices. Not all of the roads or road segments are Forest Service maintained roads.

Vehicle Recommendation 

  • (A) = Suitable for most low-clearance passenger cars
  • (B) = Not suitable for most low-clearance vehicles or trailers. High-clearance and/or 4 wheel drive vehicles recommended.

Please be advised that snow levels are ever changing and that roads and trails may be covered with snow. Please contact your local Ranger District for the most current information on roads and trails.

Baker City, Oregon area

Road Name & Location
Road Number
Maintained
Vehicle Recommendation and Condition
State Highway 7 (Sumpter Valley to Austin Jct)
State Highway 7
 
(A) - Paved two lane road.
Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway (Baker City to Granite)
 Highway 7, Baker County 520, and Grant County 24

 Plowed in the Winter

 
(A) - Paved two lane road.
Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway (Granite - Anthony Lakes)
 FS 73
Not Plowed in the Winter: Snowmobile Route
(A) - Paved two lane road.
Open from Granite to North Fork John Day Campground.  (4/28/16)
Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway (Baker City to Anthony Lakes)
County roads and FS 73
Plowed in the Winter
(A) - Paved two lane road.
Dooley Mountain
State Highway 245
 
(A) - Paved two lane.
 
(1-15-2016) Salvage logging operations have begun in the Cornet/Windy Ridge burn area. Please use caution when traveling in the Dooley Mountain area and expect logging truck traffic; especially along Denny Creek Road (FSR 1140), Ebell Creek Road (FSR 1100) and on Lower Mill Creek road (FSR 090). Thank you and please enjoy the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest safely.

Enterprise/Joseph, Oregon area

 

Road Name & Location
Road Number
Maintained
Vehicle Recommendation and Condition
 FS 39

Designated Snowmobile Route until 4/15

After April 15, the road opens naturally, it is not plowed or otherwise maintained until after June 15.

There are generally large amounts of woody debris and rocks on the surface prior to June 15.

 

Condition Update 5/26/16:

The Wallowa Mountain Loop is open and free of snow and trees, unless we get a weather event.

There are still rocks falling into the roadway because of the moisture we have been getting.

 
(A) - Double lane paved road with turnouts.
 
 Freezeout Road
FS 4230
3/31/16
No
 (A) - Single lane, native surface with minimal turnouts.
 
 Hat Point Road
 FS 4240
3/31/16
No
 (A) – Single lane gravel road with turnouts.
 
 Dug Bar Road
County735 /FS 4260
3/31/16
No
(B) – County Road 735 Paved single lane with turnouts  for first 5 miles then one lane native surface road with turnouts..
 
 Wellamotkin Drive(Highway 3 to Coyote Campground)
FS 46
3/31/16
No
(A) From Hwy 3 to MP 9- road is paved double lane and oepn, maintenance ongoing. MP 9 to MP 54 (junction with county road 798- Zumwalt Rd.)- single lane gravel road with turnouts.
 
Wellamotkin Drive (Thomason Meadows, Buckhorn Overlook, Coyote Campground)
FS 46
3/31/16
No

(A) - Single lane gravel road with turnouts.

Chesnimnus Road
FS 4625
3/31/16
No
(A) - Single lane gravel road with turnouts.
 
Upper Imnaha River Road
County 727/FS 3955
3/31/16
No
(A) - Single lane gravel roadwith turnouts. Last 5 miles is FS 39.
 

Halfway, Oregon area

 

Road Name & Location
Road Number
Maintained
Vehicle Recommendation and Condition
 Clear Creek and Fish Lake
 FS 66
3/31/16
No
7/3/2013
(A) - One lane gravel road.
 
5/26/16: Still snow covered, Fish Lake is not accessible.
 
Summit and Eagle Creek
   FS 77
3/31/16
No
7/3/2013
(A) - One lane gravel road.
East Eagle Creek
FS 7745
3/31/16
No
7/3/2013
(A) - One lane gravel road with turnouts. Watch for where Little Kettle Ck crosses the road, passable at own risk.
 

La Grande, Oregon area

Road Name & Location
Road Number
Maintained
Vehicle Recommendation and Condition
Spring Creek
          
      FS21
      

  No

 

5/10/2016 Melted out entirely.
(A) First 3 miles from I-84 two lane gravel road, remainder one lane with turnouts.
(B) OHVs prohibited on FS 21 road between I-84 and 2100410 junction (Forest Order 385) and off road on the southeast side of the 2100 road Dec 15 - May 1 Forest Order 233
Mt. Emily Summit
FS 31

 
No
5/13/16 Road melted out from freeway 21 miles in.
(B) - One lane road with turnouts.  Check Umatilla NF,  Walla Walla Ranger District Recreation Report for conditions.
Fox Hill Road
FS 3120
No

5/10/16 Fox Hill Road Bladed to 8405-090  3120 closed by snow at the first 3120-500 road junction.

(A) Single lane road with turnouts.  (B) OHVs prohibited on FS 3120 road from its junction with County Road 7 to its junction with FS 3120400. (Forest Order 385).

Ladd Canyon
FS 43
No
5/10/2016 Snow closes road about 19 miles in near road 4330 junction
(A) - One lane road with turnouts. OHVs prohibited on FS 43 road between I-84 and FS 4305 road junction. (Forest Order 385).
  FS 4305
 
No

5/10/2016 melted out all the way to the gate.(A) Single lane road with turnouts.

Grande Ronde River
FS 51
04/26/2016
(A) Two lane paved road.
(B) OHV traffic prohibited by Oregon State Law.
La Grande Watershed Rainbow Road FS 5125
No
4/26 Snow closes road at 5500 feet.
(A) Single lane road with turnouts.
(B) OHVs prohibited on FS 5125 road from its junction with FS 51 Road to its junction with Forest Road 5138. (Forest Order 385).
Blue Springs FS 5155
 
No
5/10 Snow melted out entirely.
(A) Single lane road with turnouts.
Umapine
FS 5160
 
No

5/10 snow melted from entire road.      (A)- One lane road with turnouts.  OHVs prohibited on FS 5160 road between its junction with FS 5155 Road to its junction with Forest Road 51. (Forest Order 385).

Rock Springs
FS 62
 
No
5/10 Road closed by snow approximately 2.5 miles on either side of the trailhead.
(A) - One lane road with turnouts.
(B) - OHVs prohibited on FS 62 road between its junction with County Road 62 to its junction with Forest Road 6205. (Forest Order 385)
Moss Springs
FS 6220

No
 
5/10 Snowdrifts close the road less than 2 miles in from forest boundary.
(B) - One lane road with turnouts. Recommend high clearance vehicles from Moss Springs to Point Prominence.  OHVs prohibited on FS 6220 between County Road 65 to Moss Springs Campground. (Forest Order 385)
Big Creek
FS 67
No
 
Snow closes road approximately 3 miles past the Forest Boundary.
(A) - One lane with turnouts.  OHVs prohibited on FS 67 between 6710 junction and Road 77 junction (Forest Order 385)
Balm Creek
FS 70
 
No
5/10 snow melted out entire length.
(A) One lane road with turnouts.
 
FS 77 (Hwy 203 to Main Eagle)
No
5/10 Snow melted between Hwy 230 and 7700-900 road. From Halfway, road melted out to Tamarack Campground.
(A)  One lane with turnouts.
Recommend high clearance vehicles for last four miles on either side of the campground and trailhead.
Main Eagle Creek
FS 7755
No
5/10 Access roads closed by snow.
(A) – Two lane gravel road.

 

Unity, Oregon area

 

Road Name & Location
Road Number
Maintained
Vehicle Recommendation and Condition
East Camp Creek
 FS 16
3/31/16
No
(A) - One lane road.
Watch for potholes.
Journey Though Time Scenic Byway (Unity to Blue Mtn Summit)
Highway 26
3/31/16
No
(A) - Two lane paved road.
North Fork Burnt River
County 529
3/31/16
No
(A) - Two lane gravel road.
South Fork Burnt River
FS 6005
3/31/16
No
(A) - One lane road.

Riggins, Idaho area

 

 
Road Name & Location
Road Number
Maintained
Vehicle Recommendation and Condition
Big Canyon Road      
FS1805
3/31/16
 
No
7/24/2013
(B) - One lane jeep trail. Last maintained summer of 2013
Black Lake
 FS112
YES
7/24/2013
(B) - One lane, steep rough road.
Cow Creek
FS 242
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(A) - One lane, steep road 8 miles long.
Crooked Road
FS 672
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(A) - One lane, gravel road with turnouts.
Kirkwood Creek
FS 2062
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(B) - One lane jeep trail. ATV/OHV travel
Loop Road
FS 2060/
1819
3/31/16
No
  7/24/2013
(A) - One lane, limited turnouts, rocky and rutted (FS 1819 is 5 miles long, FS 2060 is 9 miles). EXPECT SNOW IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS
Pittsburg Landing (Deer Creek Road)
County 493
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(A) - One lane gravel road, 17 miles from Salmon River bridge to Snake River. Steep on westside of Pittsburg Saddle. POSSIBLE SNOW IN PITTSBURG SADDLE AREA
Race Creek Road
FS 241
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(A) - One lane, gravel road with turnouts, 13 miles long.
Rim View
FS 420
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(B) - One lane rough native surface. Not suitable for passenger cars. Soft shoulders.
Seven Devils/ Heavens Gate
FS 517
3/31/16
No
7/24/2013
(A) - One lane, gravel road with turnouts. Expect Snow. Carry traction devices. Road is 18 miles long from highway to Heavens Gate Lookout.