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Krag Peak
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Krag Peak

 
Krag Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.06500°N / 117.288°W

Object Title: Krag Peak

Elevation: 9048 ft / 2758 m

 

Page By: rpc

Created/Edited: Oct 14, 2003 / Nov 10, 2004

Object ID: 151967

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Overview


At 9048 feet, Krag Peak is the 27th highest summit in Oregon (give or take depending on how the counting is done). See: 100_Highest_Peaks_Of_Oregon_List for the fascinating list of 100 highest peaks in Oregon). Located in south central reaches of the Eagle Cap wilderness of northeast Oregon's Wallowa Mountains, it is one of many 9000-footers of the range. Viewed from the western slopes of its (larger) neighboring Red Mountain, Krag Peak looks a bit like a bell with steep slopes on all sides. Looks are however deceiving in this case as there is a straighforward (though loose) class 3 route to its top. The most straightforward approach is to hike to Crater Lake via Little Kettle Creek Trail from East Eagle Trailhead (see Getting There for details).

Getting There


From I84 near Baker City, Oregon take exit 302 and follow Oregon highway 86 east toward Richland for 23.2 miles. Just beyond mile post 23 turn left and uphill onto the gravel Sparta Lane (marked). Follow this road for 4.9 miles and then turn left on East Eagle Creek Road for 5.8 miles to a 5-way junction. Turn right (that's the 2nd right on the 5-way junction) onto Empire Gulch Road 7015 and follow it for 4.8 miles across a bridge to a T-junction. Turn left on Road 77 and follow it for 2.8 miles where you'll come to a fork. Take the right at fork onto East Eagle Road 7745 and follow it for 6.4 miles until you arrive at a turn around loop in the road. Park the car. The Little Kettle Creek trail departs the road on the right hand side (East Fork Eagle Creek Trail is dead ahead). Follow the overly switchbacked trail for 6 miles to Crater Lake going from 4580 feet at trailhead to 7550 feet at the lake.

Note: approach information was taken largely from W. L. Sullivan's 100 Hikes/Travel Guide - Eastern Oregon book.

Red Tape


The North West Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead ($5/day or $30/year). A self-issue free backcountry permit can be picked up at the trailhead (link taken from Brian Jenkins' page).

Dogs are allowed within the Eagle Cap Wilderness - keeping them leashed is required; packing out their waste is strongly encouraged.

When To Climb


The trailhead for this peak is located at 4580 feet and is accessed via forest roads. Climbing season is limited by road closures due to snow (late June through October is probably a safe bet).

Camping


Camping at large is allowed within the Eagle Cap Wilderness but is prohibited within 200 feet of streams/lakes. As always, please apply the leave-no-trace rules

Mountain Conditions


The trailhead for this peak is located at 4580 feet and is accessed via forest roads. Climbing season is limited by road closures due to snow (late June through October is probably a safe bet).

Guide Books


Neither of the two listed guide books discusses climbing Krag Peak. They do however offer hike descriptions on how to get to Crater Lake. Sullivan's trailhead directions were very accurate.

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