Near Baker City in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Ruts of the Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail route followed the easiest grades wherever possible. Here the trail came from the southeast across Virtue Flat. It headed northwest towards Baker Valley and the divide in the low hills to the north. In any place where level open ground permitted, wagons spread out rather than follow single file. There are three sets of ruts through this segment, however the second and third sets are very faint.
It is permissible to walk in the trail ruts on public land, but please help preserve the trail for others to see by avoiding any activity that might erode or damage the ruts. If following rut traces, please get permission before crossing from public land to private land. Close
Keeney Pass - Six miles southeast of Vale on Lytle Boulevard, there is a BLM interpretive site with paved trail and parking area. Deep double swales mark where wagons claimed the summit. For and five sets of ruts gradually merge into one.
Blue Mountain Crossing - From I-84, exit 248, about 16 miles northwest of LaGrande. Open only during the summer season. Managed by the USDA Forest Service, this park has some of the best preserved ruts in Oregon. Paved trails provide easy access to deep ruts in the forest floor.
Echo Meadows - Five and a half miles west of Echo on Highway 320, then half mile north on a gravel road. A BLM interpretive site provides parking, informational panels, and a paved trail to deep, clear ruts. Surrounded by developed farmland, this small section preserves the look and sounds of a meadow as experienced by the pioneers.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 25, 1843.
Location. 44° 48.492′ N, 117° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City OR 97814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lure of Gold (a few steps from this marker); The Wagon Encampment (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oregon Trail Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chinese Shrine (approx. 4.1 miles away); Baker City Chinese History (approx. 4.2 miles away); Baker (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baker City.
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