Red Mountain is the highest peak in Baker county Oregon and is part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness area in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon. It is popular in the fact that it is the highest point in Baker county and attracts those who aspire to climb all of the county highpoints in the state of Oregon. It doesn't require much in the way of technical skill but is a difficult scramble, as the upper thousand feet or so is totally loose. Not a lot of solid ground and care must be taken as to foot placement as it would be easy to break or turn an ankle as the stuff shifts underneath you. The best aspect of the climb is achieved when you reach the ridgeline and are blessed with a nice ridge walk that takes you to the summit, a lofty viewpoint that gives you a superb 360 degree panorama of the Eagle Cap wonderland.
Just north of Baker City Oregon as you travel on I-84, take the exit for OR 86 and head NE towards Richland. A few miles beyond Richland but before you would get to a small town called halfway, start looking for FR77 on the left. You will find yourself on a well graded dirt / gravel road that quickly ascends into higher country. You'll pass the McBride Campground, where FR 7715 branches north. Follow FR 7715 to its end at the Summit Point trailhead.
Another route to access Red Mountain is described in William Sullivan's book
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Boise, ID|
|Convenient Center:||Baker City, Oregon|
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.
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