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Quick Facts
Designation: Oregon State Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: A few museums charge fees. So do some campgrounds.
Length, One-Way: 106 Miles (176.67 Kilometers)
Time: 5-7 hours.


General Information

Description - Elkhorn Scenic Byway is a 106 mile loop that takes the traveler through Malheur National Forest, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are rivers, lakes, historic sites and campgrounds along the route. This byway starts and ends near the town of Granite, Oregon.

Attractions - The Elkhorn Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - Elkhorn Scenic Byway offers recreation for all visitors. From visiting historical sites, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting and camping.

Climate - Climate in Eastern Oregon varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations experience colder temperatures and higher precipitation than the lower elevations. The region is much more arid and experiences greater temperature variations than western Oregon. Much of Eastern Oregon is considered high desert, where in some areas annual precipitation is less than 10 inches. Summer temperatures often reach 90 degrees in the lower elevations. Winters can be bitterly cold here, although there is little humidity. The mountains can receive heavy snowfall. If visiting the region during the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.

Location - Elkhrn Scenic Byway is located in eastern Oregon. Directions: Start on SR 53, also named the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway. At the junction with SR 73, turn and go southeast several miles to the town of Granite. Drive through Granite. Continue east and through the town of Sumpter until the byway leaves the National Forest and turns north. Drive through Baker City on US 30, passing through Haines until you reach North Powder. Drive west along SR 53 until you return to your starting point at the junction with SR 73.

Directions from : This byway starts in Baker City.
We suggest that you drive the route clockwise, so take SR 7 south out of Baker City.
After about 10 miles, SR 7 swings and goes west.
At Granite, take Forest Road 73 north.
After about 10 miles, FR 73 will run east for about 30 miles.
Take SR 30 south to get back to Baker City.


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Additional Information:
Oregon Scenic Byways - Oregon offers a multitude of national, state, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Forest byways. These byways include five National Scenic Byways and three All-American Roads.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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