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For an experienced backpacker, this is easily doable in 2 nights. Absolutely stunning views, wildlife, and wildflowers. We started at marble creek pass and stayed at twin lakes the first night and summit the second. If you can end at Anthony Lakes on a Sunday during the summer, the starbottle saloon should be open and you can reward yourself for knocking out 23 miles with some beer and pizza.

I had it at 23.Great hike tons of views and wildlife. Plan on 3 days.Stopping at twin lakes a must.Mountain goats all over.

it is actually 22 miles

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

This is definitely a long hike, the first 4-5 miles are gradually downhill through some nice scenic forests, burnt a few years ago in a lot of places though. The last stretch is the harder part, switchbacks take you down to the river, and once you get close the trail is overgrown with bushes and stuff so you have to push them aside to see the trail, and you have to cross a couple little creeks too. The trail ends at the North Fork of the John Day river, but there is nowhere at all good to camp on that side of it, so we had to cross, so be sure to bring some water shoes or sandals. It is a real nice campsite right next to the river, lots of trees and spots for tents and hammocks. The hike out is the harder part, but not too bad, be sure to have plenty of water, you have to go probably 4 miles from the river before you come to a stream you could purify water from. Overall I'd say it much more moderate than difficult, the trail is small and hard to see some places, but there was never any trees or things blocking it. Good hike for a one or two night backpacking trip.