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Mount Ireland, Oregon (8321 ft)

Mount Ireland from Mount Ireland Lookout Trail
Elkhorn Crest from Mount Ireland

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Mount Ireland Trail #1604
Summitpost

Trail Access

From downtown Sumpter head NW on Oregon Highway 220 about 11.4 miles towards Granite and turn right onto FR 7370 (gravel) at virtual milepost 11.4. You should see a sign stating that the Mount Ireland Lookout Trail is 3 miles. At 0.6 miles from the highway continue straight past FR 180 on the right and at 2.3 miles fork left on FR 7370 up Deep Creek. Turn right at 2.9 miles onto FR 7370-100, signed "MT. IRELAND L.O. TRAIL 1". At 3.2 miles you will find the sign "MT. IRELAND L.O. TRAIL 1604 1/2" on the left on FR 7370-130. This is the hiking trailhead. I parked my car 100 yards before this sign at a pull-out on the left.

Route: Mount Ireland Lookout Trail #1604

The route starts at a sign "MT. IRELAND LO Trail 1604 1/2" on FR 7370-130, an abandoned and overgrown road. Within this first half mile you will pass an opening in the forest where you can see Mount Ireland for the first time and very soon thereafter encounter two of three forks in the faint road. See the photos below to familiarize yourself with the appearances of these forks. Turn left at the first fork, right at the second fork, and left at the third fork. At this point the road becomes single track and may be the beginning of the Mount Ireland Lookout Trail, itself.

Mount Ireland LO Trailhead
Take the Left at the First Fork
Take the Right at the Second Fork
Take the Left at the Third Fork

The Forest Service claims the trail is 3.2 miles to the Mount Ireland Lookout. At about 1.5 miles the trail crosses a jeep road and a sign indicates it is two miles to the lookout. At about 2.3 miles is the junction with the Downie Lake Trail #1609. From here turn left and follow a steep trail intersected by ATV tracks up the SE Ridge for the last mile to the lookout.

Mount Ireland Lookout

Reference

  1. Sullivan, William L., 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, Navillus Press, 2002.

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