Area Status: Open
Moss Springs Trailhead is located near the Moss Springs Campground on the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. provides access to Trail #1673, Trail #1919, Trail #1918, and Trail #1942.
The trailhead is popular with stock users as it offers a large stock vehicle parking area, loading ramp, feed bunks and holding facilities. Although the graveled forest road is a steep and narrow, many visitors enjoy the site to gain quick access to the Minam River Country.
From Moss Springs Trailhead you will travel through dense forested land, following the winding Little Minam and Minam Rivers. Dispersed camping sites are plentiful. You will find some good fishing spots along the way and observe the historic Horse Ranch along this route.
Printable information sheet and map about nearby trails (PDF File)
At a Glance
No reservations are needed for this site.
$5/vehicle/day (Moss Springs Campground is a separate fee site.)
||All wilderness visitors to the Eagle Cap Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Visitor Permit before entering the area. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.
||General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply within Eagle Cap Wildernes.
Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
||La Grande, Oregon (34 miles), Union, Oregon (15 miles)
||Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
||Wallowa Mountains Office
From La Grande, Oregon travel northeast on State Highway 82 for about 2 miles to Island City; In Island City continue straight onto State Highway 237 (Cove Highway) and go 13 miles to Cove, Oregon; In Cove turn right on the Union Cove highway and go 1/2 block; Turn left on Hill Street and follow it to 2nd Street; Continue on 2nd Street which turns into Mill Creek Road; Follow Mill Creek Road which turns into Forest Road 6220; Follow Forest Road 6220 for about 8 miles to the campground and trailhead.
Advisory - the last six miles of Forest Road 6220 is a steep, gravel surface narrow road.