Upper Crawfish Lake Trailhead

  

Forest trailhead parking area with pine trees

The Upper Crawfish Creek Trailhead is a small trailhead that accesses the Crawfish Trail (#1606) to Crawfish Lake. Located off the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, common activities at the site include day hiking up to the lake, and fall hunting.

Crawfish Lake Trail offers a short and moderately steep access to the northwest side of the Elkhorns and North Fork John Day Wilderness. The trail starts by following an old dirt road for a short distance and intersects old roads three times within the first mile. It climbs through thick stands of young fir, spruce and lodgepole pine along the northwest edge of the North Fork John Day Wilderness.

Crawfish Lake is situated at the base of the jagged northern peaks of the Elkhorn Mountains. The trail continues around the lake and descends gradually.  After descending for a half-mile it then ascends steeply for a half-mile through a ghostly stand of trees burned in a 1986 fire and ends at the Upper Crawfish Lake Trailhead.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are needed for this site.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No fee.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (40 miles); La Grande, Oregon (50 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Baker City head north on Highway 30 toward Haines approximately 10 miles; In Haines turn left and follow the Anthony Lake Highway signs (turns into Forest Road 73) for 25 miles to the Anthony Lake Recreation Area; Continue past the Anthony Lakes Recreation Area for about 4.5 miles and turn left on Forest Road 216; On Forest Road 216 go about 0.2 miles to the trailhead.

From La Grande head head south on Interstate 84 for 25 mile to exit 285 in North Powder, Oregon; In North Powder follow the ski area signs on Highway 237 for 4 miles to Ellis Road; Turn left on Ellis Road and go about 1 mile to the Anthony Lake Highway; Turn right and follow the Anthony Lake Highway (becomes Forest Road 73) for 16 miles to the Anthony Lake Recreation Area; Continue past the Anthony Lakes Recreation Area for about 4.5 miles and turn left on Forest Road 216; On Forest Road 216 go about 0.2 miles to the trailhead.


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Parking Parking for 4-5 cars and trucks with trailers