Date and time

Saturday, August 19. Walla WallaŚCarpool 8:00 am, leave 8:10 am, arrive Milton-Freewater at 8:30 am; Milton-Freewater--Carpool 8:20 am, leave 8:30. Hike 10:30 am-1:30 or 2:30 pm. Return to Milton-Freewater by 3:30-4:30 pm.

Name of hike 

Elkhorn Crest to Anthony Lakes Overlook

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Hike description  

From the trailhead of trail 1611 (located just east of Anthony Lakes) we will hike by Black Lake, then east of Gunsight Mtn., south of Hoffer Butte, Lees Peak and Angell Peak to reach Lakes Lookout above Anthony Lake. The first part of the trail climbs gently through forest, then opens out into an open, sunny terrain running along the base of high peaks. The view from the overlook is majestic.  

The Elkhorn Crest Trail (#1611) was established as a National Recreation Trail in 1979. It is the highest trail in the Blue Mountains and runs along the Elkhorn Mountain ridgeline across sub-alpine forests and grasslands. The trail offers panoramic views of the Baker Valley, the distant Wallowa Mountains and the Blue Mountains. Along the way you can also view six high mountain lakes, craggy nearby peaks and maybe catch a glimpse of a herd of elk or resident mountain goats.

Leader

Clark Colahan, colahaca@whitman.edu, 509-592-7660

Time and distance

3-4 hr hike; 6 mi roundtrip hike. 2 hour drive each way

Difficulty  

Medium

Dogs welcome?

Yes

Start location  

To car pool from Walla Walla, meet at 8 am below the tall Staples sign in the Cascade Farm & Outdoor parking lot on 598 N Wilbur Ave across from McCurley Toyota. Leave at 8:10 am. Arrive at Milton-Freewater location at 8:30.

To car pool from Milton-Freewater, meet in the parking lot in front of Ace Hardware, where the state highway jogs to the left at 8:20 am, leave at 8:30.

Directions

Drive to Milton-Freewater, then south toward Anthony Lakes

What to bring

Lunch, water, and money for gas