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Minam Rim Gravel Ride - Elgin & Cove, Oregon

A nice scenic and long trip that travels near the wilderness line for much of the way. Unfortunately, the road doesn't give you many views directly into the Minam, but all you have to do is get off your bike and walk up to the edge because you'll usually be close to the top of the ridge that overlooks the canyons of the Minam River drainage. The climb from the highway near Elgin is very gradual with a really good gravel surface. The route is pretty straightforward, as you stay on the main traveled road until one tricky junction just after Rock Springs where there is a left to go to Point Prominence and the signage hasn't always been good there...  
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Cutting Moss and More

by Brian Sather — Posted Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Things really are shaping up on many of the trails. After noting the every-other-tree cutting by the Idaho group, their supervisor must have come along (or someone else) and got the remaining trees on the upper Little Minam. In any case, this group did a big loop reportedly around to Catherine Meadow and must have improved as the days went on because their work on Art Garrett trail coming back was excellent. Most of the trails around Moss Springs are maintained now. Lodgepole Trail has many trees cut out too, but not all. The only trail that still sucks is Salt Trail. ...
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Murphy Creek Trail #1672 - Wallowa Mountains, Minam, Oregon

Murph takes you on a bumble-some journey from the Minam River up to Mahogany Ridge and then Big Sheep Ridge. It follows Murphy Creek trying to stay to the left of it but fails a few times and you have to squander through the water and try finding the trail further up. At one point, it arrives in a small meadow that appeared to have had something going on in the past with a shelter or structure and I had a hard time finding the trail, which is back on the left again up the bank. It never strays too far from the creek until it decides to take Dunning Creek (or Patrick Creek?) more abruptly up Mahogany Ridge. At one point there is a trail split but I found an old sign that says Standley to keep you going left up the ridge. Right looked like it maybe went to a camping spot or something...  
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Elk Creek Trail #1944 - Wallowa Mountains, Union, Oregon

This is a long up and over of Burger Pass that gives you a fill of the basics that the Eagle Cap Wilderness offers. At the pass you are greeted with a breathtaking view of the entire range. Then you descend past some lush meadows, Burger Meadow being the first. When the trail starts zig zagging down the flank of China Cap you actually hike over small waterfalls on the trail and then meet up with Elk Creek for a few crossings and then follow it straight down through the thicker woods to the Minam River. There you will find a sturdy bridge crossing the pristine Minam River and meet up with the upper Minam River Trail on the other side...  
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Granite Trail #1676 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon

This route is in the business of serious climbing from the Minam River to plug you up into the heart of the Eagle Cap with a view of all of the high peaks. It really is a beautiful experience going from the pristine waters of the Minam and switchback-ing up through an old growth forest that has beautiful big ponderosa pines and douglas fir. After the nasty switchback section, there is a very long and mostly level traverse over to the edge of Granite Gulch. Once you wrap around into it, the scenery instantly changes to sub-alpine and then alpine as you beeline toward the saddle. About a mile from the top, there are a couple small lakes to the west that can be accessed by a side trail. You end up at a trail junction with the Copper Creek Trail as it tops out with a view into Swamp Lake...  
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Big Sheep Ridge Trail #1685 - Wallowa Mountains, Minam, Oregon

The best way to do this trail is to take an old pair of socks that you want to burn, go hike it and then enjoy a campfire because the Big Sheep Ridge Trail is loaded with invasive cheatgrass that fully embeds in anything it can. Due to limited to no use, the first several miles of this trail have the cheat growing right in the trail which is also helpful to follow the trail because the color is different. As you get higher up on the ridge it disappears though and you can enjoy some more genuine landscape. Aside from the limited use and invasive weeds it is a nice trail the follows the very top of the ridge the whole way, so you get a nice visual of the far north reaches of the Wallowa Mountains. The trail is very rough and rocky for the bottom half especially...  
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Dobbin Creek Trail #1654 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa, Oregon

A dramatic and scenic plunge from near Standley Ridge down to Bear Creek Trail, this trail sees very little use and not much maintenance. It starts off the Standley Ridge Trail not too far below the guard station and soon enters an alpine bowl in burnt timber. While it meanders through the basin, you get some views of Dobbin Creek cascading over some falls. As you reach the lip of the basin it ramps up the intensity with switchbacks and plunges into some beautiful old growth massive trees. Eventually you reach bear creek and have to wade across to meet up with the Bear Creek Trail. The Bear Creek crossing could be challenging around June & July depending on the snow melt...  
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Standley Ridge Trail #1677 - Trail Running and Hiking, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon

Visit the Standley Guard Station at the high point, in a pristine meadow with a spring emerging from the ground right beside the cabin. The cabin is locked up but appears in fair and usable shape. It is at an intersection of trails, so it serves as a good hub for the far northern reaches of the Wallowa Mountains. There isn't much water on the trail otherwise, so plan accordingly. The route is a gradual climb along the very top of the ridge with good visibility in all directions. Getting There Take the Big Canyon Rd. from the highway near Minam. It goes for about 6 miles before a definitive split in the road. Left takes you on a long climb up to Bearwallow Trailhead and the start of this route here...  
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Minam River Trail #1673 - Meads Flat to Red's Horse Ranch

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. As a hike it won't be too bad, except that it is very long and difficult to get to where the single trail starts at Meads Flat. So, I recommend using a bike to get to Meads Flat or maybe a little further and then go on on foot from there...  
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Rock Spring Trail #1928 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Mountains

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. There aren't very many tight switchbacks, so it is well engineered to use the terrain features to get you up or down the hill. A few times it crosses some small streams. There is a good mix of open and treed aspects of the trail...  
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