Level: Expert
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,496/1 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail #1611

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#105 of 297 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#4,552 in the world

The Elkhorn Crest Trail (#1611) was established as a National Recreation Trail in 1979. It is the highest trail in the Blue Mountains and runs along the Elkhorn Mountain ridgeline across sub-alpine forests and grasslands. The trail offers panoramic views of the Baker Valley, the distant Wallowa Mountains and the Blue Mountains. Along the way you can also view six high mountain lakes, craggy nearby peaks and maybe catch a glimpse of a herd of elk or resident mountain goats.
There are several end point and side access trailheads for the Elkhorn Crest such as the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead on the northend near Anthony Lakes and Marble Pass Trailhead on the south end. Water on the trail is scarce and unsafe to drink if not previously treated.
Difficulty level:
From Anthony Lakes, the trail is 'more difficult', ascending 1,000 feet on the first 2 miles. Then, the trail levels to offer a gentle hike to the south end at Marble Creek Pass with an 'easy' rating. via usda.gov

First added by Chris_Barber on Oct 9, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
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  • Night riding: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
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  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Access to the trail can be reached from the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead (no fee) on the north near Anthony Lakes, and at Marble Pass Trailhead (no fee) on the southern end of the trail.
Advisory: Forest Road 6510 up to Marble Pass Trailhead is very rough, steep and narrow. High clearance four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.
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  • amcclaran

    Super legit expert only level riding on the high ridge above Baker City. We made a 60 mi. Day out of it and one should prepare for as challenging a ride as it is beautiful. Super worth it. Hit up "Range Tours" in the area and speak with Pat Thomas as they are the only way find some of the sweetest riding in the nation. Definitely a destination experience you won't forget soon.

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