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Elkhorn Crest Trail, Oregon

   
Elkhorn Crest Trail is a two ended wilderness hiking trail with two trailheads, so backpacking it one way is an option if you can arrange for a ride back. Being 6.4 miles long it's an average length wilderness trail. Elkhorn Crest Trail has a total elevation difference of 1,059 feet, and that is about average. The time needed for this backcountry trek is roughly 5.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. This backpacking trail sometimes gets very dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. Elkhorn Crest Trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your walk. Keep in mind that this is a long backpacking trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies.


Trailhead 1 to Trailhead 2:
Total hiking length = 3.2 miles
Total climbing distance = .9 miles
Difficulty : Easy
Casual Hiking Pace: 2.5 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 1.5 hours

Trailhead 2 to Trailhead 1:
Total hiking length = 3.2 miles
Total climbing distance = 1.7 miles
Difficulty : Medium
Casual Hiking Pace: 3 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 1.5 hours
    Trailhead 1 back to Trailhead 1:
Total hiking length = 6.4 miles
Total climbing distance = 2.6 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 5.5 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 3.5 hours

Trailhead 2 back to Trailhead 2:
Total hiking length = 6.4 miles
Total climbing distance = 2.6 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 5.5 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 3.5 hours

Total elevation difference: 1059 feet
   
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