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Little Malheur Trail #366

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This 7.3 mile trail is within Monument Rock Wilderness. It starts out along Elk Flat Creek and then follows along the Little Malheur River through a wildfire area. Although water in the river is available, there is cattle concentration near water sources. Carry in water.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/11/2018: Winter weather conditions have arrived across the Malheur with persistent snow levels dropping to lower elevations. Forest Service roads are not plowed or maintained throughout the winter. Be equipped for rapidly changing weather situations (rain, mud, and snow), plan ahead, and travel prepared. Always let someone know of your plan and expected location. A permit is not necessary to backpack or camp in this Wilderness Area. Visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the 2016 Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR
Water: Carry in Water
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

North Little Malheur Trailhead: From Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street, follow to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left onto Bridge Street, follow past the cemetary, the road then becomes County Road 62.  Follow County Road 62 for about 8.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 13, turn left onto Forest Road 13.  Follow Forest Road 13 approximately 9 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1370.  Turn onto Forest Road 1370 follow for approximately 3 miles to the Little Malheur River Trailhead. 

South Little Malheur Trailhead: From Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left onto Bridge Street, follow Bridge Street past the cemetary the road then becomes County Road 62.  Follow County Road 62 for about 8.4 miles the junction with Forest Road 13.  Then  turn left onto Forest Road 13 and travel approximately 16 miles, to Short Creek Guard Station and the junction with Forest Road 16 turn left onto Forest Road 16 and travel approximately 11 miles.  Turn north onto Forest Service road 1672, this becomes Forest Service Road 457.  The south trailhead is at the end of the 457 road in about 3.8 miles. (Latitude: 44.25002, Longitude: -118.310364)


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Fishing

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River and Stream Fishing

Fishing is good on the lower stretch of the trail. Anglers can catch cutthroat trout, Bull Trout can also be found in the creek, however they are ESA threatened and must be released back into the river.  For license and regulation information on fishing in the area please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.3 miles

  Latitude : 
44.25002

  Longitude : 
-118.3103

  Elevation : 
5160 - 6440

 



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