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North Fork John Day Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Trail leading from the trailhead, North Fork John Day River Trail (bobcat)
Interpretive sign at trailhead, North Fork John Day River (bobcat)

Contents

Hikes starting here

Fees and regulations

  • Trail indistinct in places, especially through meadows
  • Fords required of the North Fork John Day and Crane Creek
  • Campground with restrooms (no drinking water); information kiosk

Driving Directions

From John Day:

From the intersection of Highway 26 and Highway 395 in John Day (Main Street and S. Canyon Boulevard respectively), drive east on Highway 26 for 12.8 miles to Prairie City.

From the center of Prairie City, continue east on Highway 26 for 15.6 miles, and turn left onto Highway 7 for Sumpter and Baker City.

After 25.4 miles, turn left for Sumpter and Granite.

Drive 19.5 miles, passing through Sumpter, and at a four-way junction in Granite, keep straight on FR 73 (Elkhorn Drive) for Anthony Lake and Ukiah.

Go 8.7 miles and, at another four-way junction, turn left into the North Fork John Day Campground.

Go 0.3 miles (slowly) through the campground and turn left into the trailhead parking area at an information kiosk.

From North Powder (I-84):

Drive I-84 east and take Exit 285 for North Powder and Highway 237.

After exiting, turn right onto Highway 237 (River Lane) and drive 3.9 miles to the junction with Ellis Road.

Turn left here, and go 0.7 miles on Ellis Road.

Turn right onto the Anthony Lake Highway, and proceed 29.2 miles (The highway enters the national forest and becomes FR 73) passing the Anthony Lake area and descending to a four-way junction.

Go straight here into the North Fork John Day Campground. Drive slowly the 0.3 miles through the campground and turn left into the trailhead parking area at an information kiosk.


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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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