The Upper Crawfish Lake Trailhead is a small trailhead that accesses the Crawfish Trail (#1606) from the upper slope and descending down to Crawfish Lake. Located off the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, common activities at the site include day hiking up to the lake, horseback riding and fall hunting.
Crawfish Lake Trail offers a short and moderately steep access to the northwest side of the Elkhorns Mountains and North Fork John Day Wilderness. The trail starts by descending down an old dirt road (closed to motorized use) for about the first half-mile. It then sideslopes and contours around the hillside with great views of Crawfish Basin and Elkhorn Mountains. The last half-mile climbs through thick stands of young fir, spruce and lodgepole pine and crosses Crawfish Creek along the northwest edge of the North Fork John Day Wilderness to the lake.
Crawfish Lake is situated at the base of the jagged northern peaks of the Elkhorn Mountains. Trail 1606 continues around the lake and descends gradually through the forest. 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 Crawfish Creek Trailhead.
At a Glance
||No reservations are needed for this site.
||No fees or passes are needed for this site.
||July - August
||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.
||Baker City, Oregon (40 miles); La Grande, Oregon (50 miles)
||Whitman Ranger District
From Baker City, OR 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, OR 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.