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  • Writer's pictureAmy Hindman

Crawfish Lake Hike

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 3 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain: 300 feet

Season: July-September

Location: Anthony Lake area (55 minutes from Baker City)

Notes: No cell service.

Crawfish Lake is such a fun hike! My kids absolutely loved this hike and we will definitely be back again and again. This hike was easy enough for my 3 year old to complete on his own, but had lots of variety to keep my big kids happy. The views along the way are outstanding!

The trail has several creek crossings with primitive bridges. Most of them were pretty easy to cross, but little ones will need a helping hand through a few spots. This trail has lots of good spots for dogs to cool often along the way too!

The trail is a mix of open meadows with beautiful wildflowers and shaded trails through the forest.

The lake is beautiful and we didn't encounter a single mosquito! I don't know if we just got lucky (we hiked this trail in late August), but we were pleasantly surprised by the lack of bugs. In August the lake was warm enough to swim in, so bring suits or quick-dry clothes for anyone who will want to jump in.

Getting There: Follow Anthony Lakes Highway up to the ski resort. Continue past the ski resort for approximately 4.5 miles. Make sure you continue past forest service road 210 and the sign for Crawfish Basin (this is not the correct turn and is a very easy mistake to make). Take the next left onto forest service road 216 and continue up the road approximately 1/4 mile to the trailhead. You will pass a couple of camping spots before you reach the trailhead.

Crawfish Lake can also be accessed from the lower Crawfish Creek Trailhead. For a longer hike, you can continue past Crawfish lake and continue to the lower trailhead. We haven't hiked from that trailhead yet; it is a bit steeper of a hike and part of your hike will be through forest burned during the 1986 fire.

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