The Cunningham Cove Trail #1643 crosses the northeast section of the North Fork John Day Wilderness providing access to the Elkhorn Crest Trail from the North Fork John Day River area. Although most of the trail is very steep and rough, it passes through several leveled clearings and meadows with secluded campsites and broad views of the rolling North Fork John Day country. Most of the length of the trail burned in the Sloan’s Ridge Fire in 1996.
The trail crosses Cunningham Creek several times and contours around a spring to join the Elkhorn Crest Trail (#1611) at Cunningham Saddle. From this point, a view into Crawfish Meadow and out towards Lees and Angell Peaks and Van Patten Butte unfolds.
This trail is generally clear of snow from early July to late September. Expect winter debris (down trees, etc.) in the early season. Trail may not be maintained on a regular basis – obstacles on the trail may be present year-round.
Hiking, Backpacking, HorseBack Riding