Elk Creek Trail #1944
ElevationAscent: 2,509' 765 m
Descent: -3,127' -953 m
High: 7,925' 2,415 m
Low: 4,879' 1,487 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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I did about 3.75 miles to the junction with the China Ridge Trail 1906, and then up 1906. Therefore my experience and photos are limited the western portion of the 1944 trail. As you can see in the trail profile only a few sections are a steep grade, and I found it a pleasant journey overall.
There are views of the Elkhorns to the west, and from farther up the trail views of Burger Butte and China Cap. I suppose that even more spectacular sweeping views are available if you hike higher. We headed up China Ridge 1906 but unfortunately my hiking buddy became ill before we reached the ridge top, so we turned back. I suspect he had a bit of altitude sickness.
I certainly did enjoy the absence of people on this hike. It was October 9, 2014 so fall colors were beautiful, bugs were gone, and weather comfortable.
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Summary, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Office