Marble Pass Trailhead

View of mountain ridge line and hiker trail

The Marble Pass Trailhead is located on the southern end of the Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail in the Elkhorn Mountain range west of Baker City. The small site is very rustic with limited parking and difficult vehicle access.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No fees are required for this site.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (17 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon north on Highway 30 to northrn edge of town to Pocahontas Road; Turn left  (west) on Pocahontas Road and go about 7 miles to the Marble Creek Road (becomes Forest Road 6510); Turn left on Marble Creek Road and go for 9 miles to the top of the ridge to the trailhead.

Advisory: Forest Road 6510 is very rough, steep and narrow. High clearance four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommened.

General Notes:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is permitted on the Elkhorn Crest Trail up to the wilderness boundary near Cracker Saddle.

General Info:

Safety Information

TRAVEL ADVISORY: The Marble Creek Road is very steep and rocky in several sections. High-clearance vehicles with 4wheel drive are recommended.

Vehicles with trailers are also not recommended as turn-outs are limited.

Day Hiking

The trailhead is the southern portal to the Elkhorn Crest Trail.


The trailhead is the southern portal to the Elkhorn Crest Trail.

Viewing Wildlife

Mountain goats have been known to frequent the trailhead area.

Viewing Scenery

Fantastic views of the Baker Valley and Upper Powder River asre available at the trailhead.

OHV Trail Riding

Motorcycles and other OHVs less than 24 inches wide are permitted on the Elkhorn Crest Trail from the Marble Pass Trailhead to the wilderness boundary. All other Off Highways Vehicles (OHV) are prohibited from using the trail.

An Oregon State OHV permit is required to ride or operate an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands in Oregon.

Status: Open


Parking: The site has a small roadside parking area for 2-3 vehicles

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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7530 feet