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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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Little Minam Trail #1901

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. The lower end of the trail starts near where the Little Minam comes into the big. It is a nice flat meadow where some old cabins exist, that have fallen into disrepair...  
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Red's Horse Ranch Trail & Minam Lodge - Trail #1908

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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