North Fork Catherine Creek Trailhead

Large gravel trailhead parking area with pine trees

The North Fork Catherine Creek Trailhead is set amidst large spruce and fir trees along the creek. Due to it's proximity from La Grande it provides easy access to trail riders and hikers venturing into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Located nearby are the North Fork Catherine Creek Campground and Group Campground.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: $5/vehicle/day - year round, or Northwest Forest Pass, or any form of the America the Beautiful National Pass.
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: 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.
Closest Towns: La Grande, Oregon (32 miles); Baker City, Oregon (40 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For trailhead and facilities info contact the La Grande Ranger District. For trail info contact the Wallowa Mountains Office.

General Information


From La Grande, Oregon travel south on Highway 203 for 14 miles towards Union, Oregon; in Union turn left on East Beakman St. and follow the signs to continue on Highway 203 (also known as Medical Springs Highway); From Union travel on Highway 203 for 11 more miles to Catherine Creek Road (which becomes Forest Road 7785); Turn left on Catherine Creek Road for 6 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is near the end of the road before the creek crossing.

From Baker City, Oregon travel north on Interstate 84 for 5 miles to exit 282 (State Highway 203- Medical Springs Hihgway); Turn right on Highway 203 and go 27 miles to Catherine Creek Road (which becomes Forest Road 7785); Turn right on Catherine Creek Road for 6 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is near the end of the road before the creek crossing.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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Picnic tables: At each campsite
Tent camping: Limited tent campsites, fee required
Parking: Day-use parking near the creek
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet

Recreation Areas

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4200 feet