The Elkhorn Crest Trail (#1611) was established as a National Recreation Trail in 1979. It is the highest trail in the Blue Mountains and runs along the Elkhorn Mountain ridgeline across sub-alpine forests and grasslands. The trail offers panoramic views of the Baker Valley, the distant Wallowa Mountains and the Blue Mountains. Along the way you can also view six high mountain lakes, craggy nearby peaks and maybe catch a glimpse of a herd of elk or resident mountain goats.
There are several end point and side access trailheads for the Elkhorn Crest such as the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead on the northend near Anthony Lakes and Marble Pass Trailhead on the south end. Water on the trail is scarce and unsafe to drink if not previously treated.
From Anthony Lakes, the trail is 'more difficult', ascending 1,000 feet on the first 2 miles. Then, the trail levels to offer a gentle hike to the south end at Marble Creek Pass with an 'easy' rating.
At a Glance
No reservations are needed for this site.
||General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply within North Fork John Day Wildernes. Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area
From Elkhorn Crest Trailhead at Anthony Lake to Cracker Saddle (9 miles) is Wilderness: Closed to motorized and mechanized travel.
The trail from Cracker Saddle to Marble Pass (14 miles) is open to bicycles and motorcycles under 24 inches wide.
||Baker City, Oregon (35 Miles), La Grande, Oregon (45 miles)
Access to the trail can be reached from the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead (no fee) on the north near Anthony Lakes, and at Marble Pass Trailhead (no fee) on the southern end of the trail.
Advisory: Forest Road 6510 up to Marble Pass Trailhead is very rough, steep and narrow. High clearance four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.