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Located on the western side of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and very close to the wilderness boundary, the Buck Creek Campground and Trailhead was built to meet the needs of both wilderness trail users and overnight campers. After crossing the Buck Creek Bridge off the North Fork Catherine Creek Road, the narrow dirt road travels through isolated forest and towering rock cliffs to the combination campground and trailhead.
The area is also very popular for mushrooming in the Spring and berry picking in the Fall. In the late Summer and Fall, big game hunters use the site for day and extended overnight hunting trips.
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La Grande (OR), Union (OR)
All visitors to the Eagle Cap Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Visitor Permit before entering the area. Only one permit is required per group and there is no fee for the permits. Registration and Permit boxes are located at each trailhead near the information board. The permits are self-issued.
From La Grande, Oregon, travel south on State Highway 203 for about 25 miles (the road is known as the Medical Springs Highway after leaving Union); Turn left on the Catherine Creek Lane (which becomes Forest Road 7785); Travel on Forest Road 7785 for four miles to Forest Road 7787; On Forest Road 7787, travel about 4 miles to Forest Road 150; The campground and trailhead are about 1/4 mile further up Forest Raod 150.
Part of the Forest 7787 road is narrow and steep with a gravel surface.