Motorcyclists - and hardcore mountain stage road
bicyclists - love this road. Over 170 curves are found along a 15 mile stretch of OR 245 as it makes its way over Dooley Mountain lying between the Powder River to the north - access via OR 7 from either Baker city or Sumpter - and the Burnt River Valley to the south. After Dooley Mountain, Or 245 meanders up the Burnt River Valley past the little community of Hereford for another 23 miles to the west intersecting with US 26 just west of the town of Unity. The road over the mountain dates to an old toll road which was opened in the mid-1800's. The road became OR 7 in 1932 and the route was the main route between John Day and Baker City. OR 7 was re-routed in 1981 further to the north - a more benign way - and this road became OR 245, the highest designated highway number until recent days. Twists upon twists!!
At 7,140 feet high, Anthony Lake is not only easily accessible, but it is one of the scenic gems to be found in the Elkhorn Range. There is a campground and a picnic area here. Rails wander around the lake - about one mile - and venture farther about - the best route is an 8.2 mile route which wraps around Gunsight Butte, the big mountain rising above the lake - see the website for more information on this hike. Part of the described trail makes up a section of the Elkhorn Crest Trail, a 23 mile long National Recreation Trail following the Elkhorn Crest off to the southwest from here.
Anthony Lakes has a reputation for some of the driest (= powder) dnoe in Oregon. Because it is so far from main population centers, it is a relatively quiet hill. The road up from the Powder Valley near Baker City is paved but quite steep. The runs are mostly intermediate to advance here and they all basically come off of one triple chair - 900 vertical foot drop. There are also some 30 km of Nordic trails set out amongst the woods to augment the alpine experience.