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Dobbin Trail #1913 (a.k.a. Art Garrett Trail) - Wallowa Mountains, Cove, Oregon

I would say don't confuse this with the other Dobbin trail on the other Dobbin Creek a few drainages away, but that goes without saying in the redundant naming game of the mountains in Northeast Oregon. We could avoid this confusion by going with the "Art Garrett Trail" but the official status of this name seems to be resting on an unofficial looking sign nailed to a tree at the start of the trail. Other than that, I can't find anything about who Art is and why the trail has his name, nor can I find any official indication that is the real trail name. Several years ago I ran into an old guy roaming the trail near there, who indicated he had been hiking all of the trails around there. Perhaps that was Art, inspired by the definitely-official Jim White to get a trail named after himself...  
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Crib Point Trail #1909 - Wallowa Mountains, Cove, Oregon

This hidden gem of a trail is sandwiched in the midst of a lot of trail options around the Little Minam River. You'll rise up to Crib Point and cover some distance quickly from there to Deadhorse Flat, but then you'll be the one crying if you drop off the other side to Catherine Meadow because that trail is in horrible shape and you'll enter a ravenous mosquito zone much of the summer. Instead of doing that, at Deadhorse Flat you can get on the Cartwheel Ridge Trail in either direction to make a loop of this trail. It is excellent for trail runners to use as a loop with a nice running surface if you loop this and Dobbin Creek or if you want more rugged running with better visuals go to the top of Cartwheel Ridge and come down one of the options from there...  
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Lackeys Hole Trail #1942 - Wallowa Mountains, Cove, Oregon

This trail serves as a nice artery to several other trails in the Little Minam and Catherine Meadow area. It drops down from Moss Springs and follows the Little Minam upstream past its headwaters and up to the ridge top. There you have a visually dramatic ridge route above the North Fork Catherine Creek and then drops down the other side to the mysterious Lackeys Hole. Then you cross a saddle and visit Lackeys Lake, a small shallow pond in a basin, before you travel through some meadows and thicker woods eventually getting to North Fork Catherine Creek Trail not too far from the Minam River. The opening miles of the trail get a surprising amount of use, perhaps because there are more options compared to the Horse Ranch Trail. Huckleberries line the trail for quite a ways...  
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Mud Spring Cut-off Trail (a.k.a. The Cat Track) - Wallowa Mountains, Cove, Oregon

Some geniuses way back in time (1930s?) decided to drive a bulldozer from Moss Springs up to Young Ridge to terrace the hill to undo what some previous geniuses did by taking big herds of sheep there to annually ravage the hillside. Despite these events being close to a century ago, the scars still exist and are used today by hikers and horseback riders to access Young Ridge. The Mud Springs Cut-off is where the cat operator decided to drive up the steep hill from the Little Minam. You will find this unofficial trail marked by an interesting wall cairn on the left of the trail 1.5 miles after you cross the Little Minam on the Lakey's Hole Trail. It is easy to miss so keep an eye out for the rock pile...  
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Salt Trail - Wallowa Mountains, Cove, Oregon

The Salt Trail is more of an assault trail on Young Ridge. It aggressively heads up the ridge to Ben Point from near Moss Springs. However, you won't find this on any maps since the Forest Service decided to erase evidence of this trail. It is a shame when trails are decommissioned. This one offers a direct and quick route up to the beautiful Young Ridge. Even though it is still recovering from over-grazing a century ago, it does capture your soul with a 360 degree view on a gentle sloping ramp. Young Ridge also serves as a visual snow gauge from the Grande Ronde Valley since it is visible into the late spring as a white ridge framed among green hillsides...  
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