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From Warnock Corral to Lord Flat you will be hiking along the ridgetop on a 4-wheel drive primitive road. Expect to encounter 4-wheel drive vehicles. From Lord Flat, the trail drops in elevation but continues to follow the ridgetop on a maintained trail to Square Mountain. The remaining section drops down to follow Dug Creek drainage to Dug Bar on the Snake River.

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From Warnock Corral to Lord Flat you will be hiking along the ridgetop on a 4-wheel drive primitive road. Expect to encounter 4-wheel drive vehicles. From Lord Flat, the trail drops in elevation but continues to follow the ridgetop on a maintained trail to Square Mountain. The remaining section drops down to follow Dug Creek drainage to Dug Bar on the Snake River. Numerous side trips and adventures are available from this route. A memorable vista is from Somers Point. The trail is signed at all junctions. There are several dispersed campsites along the trail. Remains of days gone by may still be found in the canyon today. This trail also offers excellent wildlife viewing, such as elk, bighorn sheep, deer and bear. Lord Flat has an active backcountry airstrip that is utilized by several private planes for camping and hunting trips. The airstrip is very rough.

CONSIDERATIONS:

Warnock Corral has an information board, outhouse, stock water and a few dispersed campsites. If you plan to pull a trailer on the Hat Point road, expect steepness the first 6 miles and difficulty in turning around. Be prepared to carry drinking water with you.

Directions: From Joseph, OR , 1. Take State Highway #350 approximately 30 miles to Imnaha. At the town of Imnaha, take Forest Road #4240 and travel 26 miles toWarnock Corral. This road is a one-lane gravel road with turnouts, has been resurfaced and is suitable for passenger cars during the summer. Follow trail #1774 to trail #1726 to Dug Bar.

2. Take State Highway #350 to Imnaha. At the town of Imnaha, turn left on to paved County Road #755, which turns into a steep, narrow dirt road, Forest Road #4260. Dug Bar is approximately 27 miles from Imnaha. This road is slippery when wet. High clearance vehicles are recommended, but passenger cars could travel this road under dry conditions. Once at Dug Bar you are on the Snake River. Follow Trail #1726 to trail #1774 to Warnock Corral. Located at Dug Bar is a sign interpreting the Nez Perce war of 1877. The Nez Perce are believed to have made their treacherous crossing of the Snake River somewhere in this vicinity.

Distance: 33 miles

Usage: Medium in summer and wint

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

 
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