This information is provided by USDA Forest Service
This steep and strenuous trail provides an especially varied and and scenic route to the heart of the Elkhorn Range climbing through a forested slopein the first two miles, and then skirting the eastern edge of Rock Creek basin. Twolarge meadows interlaced with spruce/fir bogs fill this basin, providing ample campsite areas. Old poles from the turn of teh century Cal-Pacific powerline still remain in the area.
Views of the basin and the west Fork Rock Creek drainage are displayed from the upper section of the trail. A smaller, seasonally wet meadow marks the approach to Rock Creek Lake.
The lake lays in a talus basin beneath Rock Creek Butte(9105') and Spirit Rock. Snow pockets remain year round on the southeast side of the lake.
Directions: From Baker City, Oregon, Take US Highway 30 to Haines, turn west on County Road 1146. Go to Rock Creek, stay on County Road 552 and Forest Road 5520. Drive to Trailhead(23 miles from Baker City). The last four miles of the road are recommended 4-wheel drive only vehicles.
Elevation: 5800 feet
Distance: 3.5 miles
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