Elephant Lake

Total Miles


2168.52 ft


0.3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail follows the South Fork of the John Day River and crosses a very remote area. It's a great area for camping and hiking. Destinations include Blacks Canyon, Izee Falls, and several historical sites. The road generally opens in late spring and closes early in the fall. The road is smooth and gravel, however, some areas are very rough and some of the longer, steeper slopes are impassible when wet. The road passes Izee Falls, which is a great spot to swim and wade in the heat of summer, but completely unapproachable in spring. The river gets very swollen in spring but water levels dwindle by late summer. There is no cell service, carry water always as temperatures in the can get very hot.


This is a wide, two-lane road with packed dirt.

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