Hurricane Creek Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Large hiker trailhead with trucks and pine trees in background

The Hurricane Creek trail is a major access point for hikers and horses into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The site has some stock facilities and day-use as well as extended stay parking areas.This trail provides access to the Lakes Basin trails. View massive granite and limestone cliffs, waterfalls, and an abundance of wildflowers along the trail. Gradually climb across subalpine meadows alternating with timbered areas. This route will provide you with panoramic views of Sacajawea, Matterhorn and Eagle Cap Peaks. Cross-country hiking in and around the basin provides spectacular views and photographic opportunities. The trail follows the creek so water is plentiful.

The Hurricane Creek trail also provides access to the Falls Creek and Echo/Billy Jones Lakes trails. The trail that takes you to Falls Creek is an easy side hike. Fishing is good in most lakes. You may see mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk and other smaller mammals. Camping and grazing areas are available but be sure to camp away from the lakes shore in order to protect fragile vegetation. See the special  Eagle Cap Wilderness Regulations. Located nearby is the Hurricane Creek Campground.

Printable information sheet and map about Hurricane Creek Trail #1807 (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Toilets, Parking
Fees: $5/vehicle/day, or Northwest Forest Pass, or any form of the America the Beautiful Access 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: Heavy
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: Enterprise, Oregon (9 miles); Joseph, Oregon (6 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


From Enterprise, Oregon on Main Street (Highway 82) turn right on Hurricane Creek Road/ South River Street and go about 7.5 miles to Hurricane Creek Campground; Continue past Hurricane Creek Campground about 1.5 miles to trailhead.; Entrance is signed on right side of road.

From Joseph, Oregon go west on Airport Lane for about 1.5 miles and then road becomes Hurricane Creek Road; Continue on Hurricane Creek Road for another 0.5 miles to intersection with Hurricane Creek Grange; Turn left at Grange onto County Road 521 (becomes Forest Road 8205) and go about 3.7 miles to trailhead. Forest road is rough  and not recommended for RVs.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking


Horse Riding


Toilets: Accessible vault toilet

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