All Results for: Wallowas

Minam River Trail #1673 - Meads Flat to Red's Horse Ranch

Season:
April - November
Total Elev. Gain:
2,233 ft.
Distance:
14.67 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-1,543 ft.

A very long and scenic riverside trail along the Minam River. We don't have a lot of trails that follow a major river in this region, but this one hugs the river magnificently for many miles, all the way to the headwaters at Minam Lake (although here we are just featuring the trail to the footbridge at Red's Horse Ranch). The problem is that the trail isn't well maintained and it is a complete cluster to access. The trail surface is in great shape and the brush isn't too thick either, it is just the trees across the trail that hamper progress...  
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Red's Horse Ranch Trail & Minam Lodge - Trail #1908

Season:
May-October
Total Elev. Loss:
-2,877 ft.
Distance:
7.5 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
633 ft.

The Minam Lodge is a private holding within the Eagle Cap Wilderness that has recently been renovated under new ownership. Red's Horse Ranch is a Forest Service owned ranch nearby, also outside of wilderness restrictions. The area is secluded with no roads leading to it. Both have an airstrip in front of them. The trail featured here is the quickest and most direct way to get there without a plane. It is a mostly downhill hike from Moss Springs Campground and trailhead. It gets frequent horsemen use so the trail is blown out and dusty at times. ...  
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Backcountry Update 6-20-2017

Backcountry Update 6-20-2017
by Brian Sather — Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Rock Spring Trail #1928 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Mountains

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-2,771 ft.
Distance:
3.45 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
422 ft.

A trail in surprisingly good shape that plunges down to the Little Minam where a few old cabins exist. You can access the Little Minam trail there or cross the river (in late summer) to get on the trial on the other side of the Minam or just use it as a nice camp spot along the Minam, as you likely will get it all to yourself. It is a nice location where the two rivers converge with a wide open flat area to enjoy some solitude in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The trail dodges across the ravines on the way down, maintaining a fairly steady pitch...  
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Little Minam Trail #1901

Season:
May-October
Total Elev. Gain:
1,504 ft.
Distance:
6.53 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-593 ft.

Great footbridge in the middle of a poorly maintained and rarely traveled trail. The bridge looks brand new and very time-intensive to build and much needed in the early summer, but too bad a fraction of the cost couldn't have been put into trail maintenance. It is a weird bridge in that if you need this bridge, you also need a bridge across the Minam, of which there is none. There are two ford options but these will only be doable in the late summer. Otherwise, you have to come down the trail from above, either from Moss Springs, Red's Horse Ranch, or Rock Springs Trail...  
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Roid-otiller

by Brian Sather — Updated 1 week 1 day ago · Posted Fri, Jun 16, 2017

The trails are making a turn for the better in some areas. A couple weeks ago I was helping the dirtbike riders (a.k.a. fellow motorheads) build new singletrack at MERA. This is a continuation of Dead Bull Trail which will likely become the Snag Trail after it crosses the road. I had a chance to ride it a couple days ago and it is a great finish to a great stretch of trail. The prototype rototiller was on it doing amazing work on the tough grass that makes trail building hard at MERA. The section is well designed and includes 2 new miles that need raking and some use to get it fully...
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Backcountry Update 6-1-2017

Backcountry Update 6-1-2017
by Tesmond Hurd — Wed, May 31, 2017

Recapping Winter 2016-17 Snowmobile Season in NE Oregon

After 67 observations, 96 multimedia uploads, and 494 photo uploads, the winter season is over!

Brian towing his snowbike home
It's finally over: our snowmobile and, now, snowbiking days of this season. We've had 163 days in our extended winter (just shy of 6 months). The inaugural opening day was Read more

China Ditch & South Fork Catherine Crossing - Snowbike

by Brian Sather — Sat, Apr 29, 2017

The China Ditch Conflict

SNOW OBSERVATION    
We headed out for another ordinary end of April powder hunting day to the Flagstaff Butte area. Sather made a valiant attempt to get over to the glade on Mule Peak with a solo snowbike sortie but ended up falling just short of the objective. The snow was so deep and soft at the South Fork Catherine Creek he had a heckuva get-unstuck cluster trying to ride up over China Ditch but got'r done while Hurd jumped drifts to stay warm. Significant new snow had fallen on Taylor Green but it was not light and fluffy like Anthony the day before. It was fun and soft though, with a moist faceted base (like Read more

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