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Other Points of Interest:

Anthony Lakes
- 19 miles from our door. Fish, camp, hike or just look. 7,000 foot elevation.

Marble Creek Pass
- 20 miles from our door along a rough road to the top south end of the Elkhorn Ridge.

Hells Canyon and
Hells Canyon Dam
- 112 miles from our door to the world's deepest canyon. Enjoy rafting, camping, fishing and hiking for an all day adventure.

Elkhorn Scenic Drive
- 100 mile loop open July 1st for the summer. View wild life, alpine meadows, and nature at work.

Other Alpine Lakes

Black Lake
- 1 mile hike
Grand Rhonde Lake
- Drive In
Lilly Pad Lake
- Drive In
Hoffer Lakes
- 1 mile hike
Crawfish Lake
- 2 mile hike
Lost Lake
- 5 mile hike
Green Lake
- 2 mile maximum and this after some extremely bad road
Sumit Lake
- 3 mile maximum and this after some extremely bad road
Rock Creek Lake
- 9 mile hike
Bucket Lake
- 10 mile hike
Kilimacue Lake
- 3 mile hike
Twin Lakes
- 5 mile hike

Lower Lakes

Brownlee Reservoir

Pilchor Creek Reservoir

Wolf Creek Reservoir

Theif Valley Reservoir

- fishing, boating, picnics and water sports

(aka: Winter Activities)

For skiers and snowboarders, it is only 19 miles to Anthony Lakes, a friendly ski area renowned for powder snow and as the highest ski area in Oregon. In addition to challenging downhill runs they provide groomed cross country trails through some outstanding scenery. Visit www,anthonylakes.com for additional information.

Cross country skiers will enjoy skiing here on the ranch in either open pasture or wooded slopes and some open sage area. Children of all ages will enjoy tubing or sledding on the sled run just above the barn.Just six miles away, north on Foothill Road, follow the signs to "Wildlife Viewing", the Oregon Game Commission feeds a large herd of elk during the winter. You can view the herd from the road, or you can ride a horse drawn wagon right among the herd. (December through February - 1-800-523-1235)

Snowmobiling through the fields of this 320 acre ranch is available to those who bring snowmobiles, but please do not harass any wild animals. Many more snowmobiling opportunities exist in the area. Check out Anthony Lakes and Sumpter.

(aka: Summer Activities)

Enjoy wide open fields, wooded slopes, sagebrush areas and varied terrain for quiet walks, wild flower gathering, birding, wild life observation, fishing, camping, picnics and more. Deer, Elk, coyote, turkey, bear and other wild animals live on the ranch and can be seen from the house. The ranch includes both forest and open fields.

Hiking includes many trails to alpine lakes, some easy and some difficult. The Elkhorn Crest trail is 26 miles of alpine ridge with views to both sides of the ridge. Hiking on the game management area or right here on the ranch are among hundreds of options. This part of Oregon is open country, you will not be forced to stay on trails by underbrush. Maps and appropriate survival equipment are highly recommended for all hikes.

Some think the best way to see this country is on horseback. We can arrange to keep your horses here on the ranch with advance notice.

Brook trout up to 10" are in both streams that run through the ranch. (Fish upstream from the irrigation dam in front of the house.) Pilcher Creek and Wolf Creek reservoirs are popular fishing spots nearby.

Powder River runs through the valley and is especially good fishing from Baker City upstream to Phillips reservoir.

Snake River and Brownlee reservoir provide the most varied fishing including steelhead, salmon and trout as well as catfish, bluegill bass and more. Just about every stream, lake or pond in the county has some kind of fish.

Sail Boarding is good to great in any of the valley's reservoirs.


The Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Baker City is an 18-hole public golf course.

Union (past North Powder on Old Highway 30, about 25 miles from the ranch) boasts an excellent 18 hole links course open to the public.

LaGrande has a beautiful private club you will enjoy if you can get on. Nyssa, Idaho (70 miles from Baker City) is said to be a great course.

Local Artists

Terri Axness  
Kathy Blatchford 
Homestead Candles
Betty Ann Clarke
Erin Hansen 
Janni Kerns
Mary Kerns  
Leslie LeViner
Oil Painting
Rebecca Litke
Pam Maxwell
Pam's Pantry*
Cynthia Newman 

Other attractions include:

  • Haines Museum
    - a collection of local displays.

  • Oregon Trail Regional Museum - in Baker City.

  • Historic Sumpter Valley, Oregon
    - It's not a museum, but it could be. Sumpter Dredge Museum, Sumpter Valley Railroad, dredge tailings. Along with the towns of Granite, Bourne and Sumpter are all closely related to gold mining from the 1860's right up to today. Mining spilled over to all of Baker County including some placer scars still obvious on the ranch.

  • Downtown Baker City has restored most of the downtown area and many of the homes to the splendor of the mining boom of this pioneer era. The center piece is perhaps the Geiser Grand Hotel, a good place for a homespun meal. The Baker City Chamber of Commerce has guides to the area.

  • Antique and 2nd hand stores are worth a visit or two.


  • Haines Steak House - famous, a must

  • Geiser Grand - historic hotel with good fare

  • Barley Browns Brewpub - good fare and some good local brews

Also, check the local Yellow Page directory for other nearby restaurants


Alder House
2305 Main,
Baker City

Eastern Oregon Museum
610 3rd.,

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