Killamacue Trailhead

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Trail #1617 follows Killamacue Creek in a steady steep climb to the lake basin, tucked at 7,137 feet in elevation, between Red Mountain and Chloride Ridge. A prominent peak on Chloride Ridge is visible from various openings through the thick spruce and fir canopy along the trail.

Occasionally, small meadows appear along the creek, with a large meadow lying in the basin just below the lake. There are good camping spots on the benches surrounding the lake.

There is limited parking at this trailhead. Rock Creek Lake Trailhead is located further up the road.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: No fee required.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Baker City, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information

Directions: From Baker City, Oregon, take U.S. Highway 30 to Haines, turn west on County Road 1146. After 1 ½ miles, turn left on County Road 552 (Rock Creek Road) and follow it to the right (west). Staying on road 552 it turns into Forest Road 5520 at the National Forest Boundary. Drive to the trailhead (21 miles from Baker City and approximately four miles from where the pavement ends). The trail begins 100 yards up an old road immediately before Killamacue Creek. There is limited parking at the trailhead.The last 1.5 miles of the road are recommended for high clearance vehicles only.


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