A stunning but strenuous hike - 8.2 miles with a 1,300' elevation gain. The Elkhorn Mountains are like the Sawtooth in their raw granite grandeur. After the hike we'll drive back to Baker City to the Geiser Grand Hotel for dinner.
Those wishing to stay the night in the area are welcome to make their own arrangements. The Geiser Grand Hotel (www.geisergrand.com) is an impeccably restored building from the lavish heyday of the rail era – rooms fill up fast. There are also Air BnBs, other hotels, and camping back on the mountain and surrounding area.
The trailhead is about 30 minutes past Baker City, Oregon in the Anthony Lakes area. We can call this a road trip because drive time is about 3 hours from Boise to the trailhead. We will be gone all day. Plan on ride-sharing where possible and please share the costs.
Before RSVPing for the event, make sure you feel in excellent condition for a hike of this length. I'm counting on at least four hours of hiking, plenty of time for blisters to develop and misery to follow. Also remember that a 1,300' elevation gain gets done several times throughout the hike since the trail goes up and down multiple times along its course. If you're ready, you will be so happy to have discovered this gem of a hike.
Bring enough water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. We’ll have lunch on the trail. Count on the possibility of any kind of weather - it can be crazy/marvelous in the mountains! And please no dogs unless your dog returns instantly to your command under all circumstances every time or remains on a leash. I will ask dog owners to fall behind by 15 minutes or return to the trailhead if other hikers are bothered by your dog…I love dogs, but when leading a group hike, I take responsibility for all hiker’s enjoyment.
We'll meet by 8:00 a.m. to carpool from the McDonald's/Chevron on Eagle Road next to interstate 84.
More details will be coordinated with those that RSVP. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach me.