Cunningham Cove Trail #1643 (wilderness)

Trail Description

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.

Current Conditions

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.

Trip Types

Hiking, Backpacking, HorseBack Riding

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  • Hiked the Cunningham Cove Trail to its junction with the ECT on July 4th, 2021. The Trailhead Stewardship Project is currently working on removing downed trees from the last 1.3 miles of the trail.

    The trail is difficult to find in spots, look for orange ribbon on the trees to stay on the correct trail.

    The attached image is the view when you reach the top of the trail, looking at the backside of Lake’s Lookout, Lee’s Peak, and Angel Peak.