All Results for: Minam

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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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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Snowmobile Big Canyon to Bearwallow & Standley Ridge - Wallowa, Oregon

by Brian Sather — Thu, Feb 2, 2017

Big Canyon Ski Scouting 1-29-2017

by Tesmond Hurd — Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Big Canyon, Little Snow Depth

SNOW OBSERVATION    
Seeking a new challenge we ventured up Big Canyon on a blue bird day. "Beastmaster" Brian re-located at least six cow elk, a wolf (we never saw but fresh tracks where huge!), three does (deer), and four bald eagles—all of which wanted nothing to do with us. A trail had already been packed down by snowmobilers which made travel easier despite the brush-wacking we did. Animals were making good use of the packed down trail by the running creek up Big Canyon. Around 3500-4000 ft. we found a very concerning 3 cm ice layer below the snow. New snow on top of that will make for some avalanche c Read more

Cougar Ridge Trail #1668 - Wallowa Mountains, Minam, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Gain:
4,755 ft.
Distance:
12.37 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-494 ft.

Aside from one steep climb up from the Minam River, this is just a long gradual uphill from the far north end of the Wallowa Mountains and finishing at Standley Guard Station deep in the wilderness. You start from the Minam River Trail, which has some difficulty getting to or you can pick it up about midway from the Cougar Ridge Trailhead. It is not a well used trail, but is mostly visible with a few sections of several trees across the trail...  
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Minam CX Loop

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-3 ft.
Distance:
20.88 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
3 ft.

A fun loop without traffic that can be done relatively early in the season. It is a fun mix of varied terrain, good views, some riverside riding, and tough climbs. The road is pretty chunky in places, so a mountain bike is another good alternative for this loop. You start at Minam, where the Wallowa and Minam Rivers flow together and cross the river to the south and head up a tough climb. Eventually it tops out for some mellow climbing on a nice plateau. You'll take a right and head through a canyon and then drop down to the Minam River. There are a couple ways down to the river...  
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High Ridge Trail

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Gain:
197 ft.
Distance:
5.2 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-1 ft.

High Ridge is a sparsely used trail that may be worth trying sometime because it offers some good views over the Minam and allows for some interesting ride outs on some dirt roads at the bottom end. This is a weird trail. It isn't fully on a map, but it is singletrack that stays on the ridge and goes past a spring, one of the few water sources on Cougar Ridge. As shown here, it is technically the Cougar Ridge Trail for a short ways and then becomes the High Ridge Trail at a hard-to-see trail junction where the Cougar Ridge Trail proper goes left down the mountain...  
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