Moderate (to Black Canyon Creek)
5 miles round trip
1020 feet elevation loss
Open late May to mid-November
Use: hikers, horses
Difficult (to Second Crossing)
7.8 miles round trip
2300 feet elevation loss
Left: Black Canyon Wilderness
The Black Canyon Wilderness stretches from the Ochoco Mountains’ high forests to the South Fork John Day River’s sagebrush canyonlands. There’s room here for a weekend backpacking trek or horse trip, but hikers have trouble accessing the lower, eastern end of the Wilderness, where an iffy river ford is passable only in late summer’s low water. So here’s an easier, backdoor route to the high country. Just remember to save some energy for the return climb back out of the canyon.
Start by driving to ...
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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.