Bear Creek Trailhead

Wilderness trailhead parking area in a pine tree forest

This trailhead provides access to Bear Creek Trail #1653, Washboard Trail #1680, Stanley Ridge Trail #1677, and Dobbin Creek Trail #1654 within Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Bear Creek runs along the entire trail, with many places to fish. The scenery is beautiful in this glacially formed drainage. The first three or four miles are open terrain. Views along the trail gradually change from flower filled meadows to scattered pines and a dense forest canopy.

The trail along Bear Creek is gentle with no major streams to cross. Campsites can be found at Boundary Campground which offers picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets, but no developed drinking water. Due to the open nature of the basin, there are many opportunities for dispersed camping along the trail. Historical sites may be observed along the way. You will ride or hike along mountain ridges, viewing spectacular scenery. This route transgresses into meadows, mountain peaks, forested scenery and rocky hillsides.

Water is available on trail #1653, but be prepared when traveling over trail #1680 to have your own drinking water. Horse users should be experienced if traveling over trail #1680.

View a printable information sheet on Bear Creek Trails 1653, 1680, 1677, and 1654 with map. (PDF File)

Bear Creek Sign

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 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: Enterprise, Oregon (26 miles); Wallowa, Oregon (9 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Accessible vault
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 travel northwest on State Highway 82 for 18 miles to Wallowa, Oregon; In Wallowa look for Boundary Campground signs and turn left on First Street and go 0.4 miles; Turn left on North Bear Creek Road and go 1.2 miles (road make several turns); Turn left onto Forest Raod 8250 and go 6 miles; Turn right onto Forest Road 040 and go 0.8 miles to trailhead which is past Boundary Campground. The last 7 miles are gravel.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Horse Riding

The sites has a hitching rail and stock loading ramp.


Parking: Trailer and truck parking
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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3750 feet