Elkhorn Crest Trailhead

Area Status: Closed
2 people walking in a parking lot in pine and fir forest

The Elkhorn Crest Trailhead is a the northern main portal for the Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail. Located in the Anthony Lakes Recreation Area, this trailhead offers facilities for hikers, backpackers and stock users enjoying the trail for the day or multiple nights in the North Fork John Day Wilderness area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $5.00 per vehicle per day, or Northwest Forest Pass or any form of the America the Beautiful pass.
Open Season: July
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (35 Miles), La Grande, Oregon (45 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


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; Turn left into the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead on the left before the Anthony Lake Campground and ski area.

From La Grande head south on Interstate 84 for 25 mile to exit 285 inNorth 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 trailhead entrance on your left before the Anthony Lake Campground and ski area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking


Horse Riding


Parking: Car and trailer parking
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet
Accessible: Vault toilets, parking area

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7160 feet