This information provided by USDA Forest Service
There are several dispersed campsites along the trail and it is well marked at all junctions. This trail offers a panoramic view of the Hells Canyon country. In the early spring many wildflowers may be seen along the trail. This trail also offers excellent wildlife viewing, such as elk, bighorn sheep, deer and bear. Remnants of past ranching activities may be seen along the trail. During the late 1800s homesteading was a way of life in Hells Canyon. By 1910, over 100 families lived on the 62-mile stretch of the Snake River between Battle Creek and the Imnaha River. However, the homestead boom was short-lived, as weather ill-suited to farming and ranching, coupled with a depression of livestock prices, were too much for most homesteaders to bear. By 1918, fewer than five percent of the homesteaders remained on their claims.
Parking is available 1/2 mile west of the Ranch site on Access #1. There is a small opening where the road ends and parking is available. The area has enough room to turn around. A few dispersed campsites are located around the parking area.
Directions: From Enterprise, OR, #1. Take State Highway #82 south, approximately 4.7 miles. Turn left at the junction of the Crow Creek Road and drive approximately 6 miles to the Zumwalt Road. Follow the Zumwalt Road (which turns into Forest Road #46) approximately 30 miles. Turn onto Forest Road #780 toward Buckhorn Springs and then onto Forest Road #788. Forest Road #788 is a narrow dirt road and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. The best time to travel on this road is from June 15th through October when the road is dry.#2. Take State Highway #82 south, approximately 4.7 miles. Turn left at the junction of the Crow Creek Road and drive approximately 6 miles to the Zumwalt Road. Follow the Zumwalt Road (which turns into Forest Road #46) approximately 45 miles to the Cold Springs Road (Forest Road #4680) and then onto Forest Road #4680-250. Forest Road #4680-250 is closed to motorized vehicles. From Forest Road #4680-250, it is approximately 3 miles to the Cherry Creek Trailhead.
Distance: 6 miles
Usage: Medium in summer and fall
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