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OverviewThe Elkhorn Crest is the highest elevation singletrack trail in eastern Oregon. You'll need a high clearance vehicle to drive to the trailhead or you can park as far up as you can go and hike from there.
Need to KnowWater is scarce along the ridge. A stream draining into Sardine Gulch crosses the trail 12.5 miles from Marble Pass, which is the only perennial water source I know of from the trail itself. There is access to several lakes from the ridge trail via connecting trails full of switchbacks. These lakes would be nice to visit but each one requires additional mileage and significant elevation loss and regain. Even if you hike to Twin Lakes, it is still about 10 miles from there to the stream.
Land Manager: USFS - Wallowa-Whitman National Forest OfficeShared by Chris Wandervans
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