Rock Creek Lake Trailhead

Rock Creek In Spring Melt

The Rock Creek Lake Trailhead is a very small rustic site with no amenities. The access road to the site is suitable for high clearance four wheel-drive vehicles only. You will pass Killamacue Trailhead on the way.

The steep and strenuous trail (#1626) provides an especially varied and scenic route to the heart of the Elkhorn range climbing through a forested slope in the first two miles and then skirting the eastern edge of Rock Creek basin.

Two large meadows interspersed with spruce/fir bogs fill this basin, providing ample campsite areas. Views of the basin and the West Fork Rock Creek drainage are displayed from the upper section of the trail. A smaller, seasonally wet meadow marks the approach to Rock Creek Lake.

The lake lies in a talus basin beneath Rock Creek Butte (9,105') and Spirit Rock. Snow pockets remain year-round on the southeast side of the lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No fees or passes are required for this site.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (24 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon, travel north on Highway 30 for about 10 miles to Haines, Oregon; In Haines turn left (west) on Anthony Lakes Highway towards ski area for 1.7 miles to Pocahontas Road; Turn left on Pocahontas Road and go 0.2 miles to South Rock Creek Road; Turn right on South Rock Creek Road and go about 5 miles to the Forest Boundary (near end of pavement); South Rock Creek Road turns into Forest Road 5520 at the Forest Boundary so continue on Forest Road 5520 for about 2.7 miles to Eilerson Meadows; Continue on Forest Road 5520 at right road fork before Eilerson Meadows and go about 1.5 miles to Forest Road 250; Turn left off Forest Road 5520 onto Forest Road 250 and go 0.1 miles to trailhead.

Advisory: Forest Road 5520 is a narrow, rough graveled and dirt road suitable for high clearance four wheel drive vehicles. Forest Road 250 going into the trailhead is an out sloped, narrow road with limited turn-around and no trailer turn-arounds.

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Parking: Very small area for 1-2 vehicles; no trailer turn arounds

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5830 feet