Cougar Ridge Trailhead

The trail is well signed at the trailhead, boundary and all junctions. This site provides access to Cougar Ridge trail #1668 which enters Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Much of this trail is along the ridgetop, but will go in and out of old burned forested areas where you will see many ponderosa pine trees. The trailhead is equipped with a stock unloading ramp. This trail also offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. 

There are many dispersed campsites along this route. The guard station cabin is in good condition, but is not for public use. There are several trails that come together near the cabin, making it an excellent choice for a base camp.

View a printable information sheet about this area and a map of the trail (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: No fee required.
Permit Info: All visitors to the Eagle Cap Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Visitor Permit before entering the area. Only one permit is required per group and there is no fee for the permits. Registration and Permit boxes are located at each trailhead near the information board. The permits are self-issued.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply within Eagle Cap Wildernes.
Closest Towns: Elgin, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


Located 27 miles west of Enterprise, OR, off State Highway #82. Turn left at the Fish Hatchery onto the Big Canyon road, Forest Road #8270 and travel approximately 18 miles to the trailhead. This is a gravel road and can be rough after the spring thaw.


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