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Griffin Gulch Ranch
Baker City, Oregon
Price $ 600,000.00
Tucked away at the end of the road in the mountains, Griffin Gulch Ranch is 2.2 miles from Baker City, Oregon. The ranch is located at the upper end of the draw and is separated from Baker City by a large mountain ridge that runs along the south end of town. This property extends over the ridge toward Baker, providing unparalleled views of Baker Valley, Elkhorn Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. In addition to the spectacular views, the city waterline crosses the upper portion of the ranch providing a valuable and perpetual supply of water to the ranch for livestock and wildlife. According to the Baker County planning department, there may be opportunities for an additional dwelling to be constructed on the property. Permits would need to be obtained.
T09S R40E TL 200 & 300
From Baker City travel one mile south on Highway 7. Turn west on Griffin Gulch and travel 1.2 miles to destination.
Distances to Other Cities:
Baker City – 2 miles
The ranch consists of 361 acres of rangeland which includes a riparian area and aspen stand. The irrigated meadow consists of 29 irrigated acres and is located above the house. The meadow is currently used for hay production. A water rights certificate shows 78 acres of water rights. A small pond is located in the Aspen stand above the house.
The home was built in 1962 consisting of a kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom with a total of 1,080 square feet. A one-car garage along with two storage sheds. House is currently leased out for $800/ month. It is conveniently located near the barn and horse training pen and just below the irrigated field. The home needs some repairs.
The planning department has indicated the possibility of an additional dwelling option since the property has two taxlots in combination with rangeland and irrigated water rights to meet the minimum criteria to be eligible for a permit.
A variety of outbuildings exist on the property. A functional 1,800 square-foot barn is near the house. It has been used in the past for animals, and hay storage. There is also an 1100 sq ft covered horse training pen. A set of older wooden corrals for working horses and livestock are in the same area. Two historic wooden railroad cars that were a functional part of Sumpter Valley Railroad are on the property and will go with the sale of the ranch. One is currently used for storage. Two smaller sheds complete the headquarters area. A hand pump shallow cased well is near the barn and could be functional with some additional repairs.
Power is supplied to the house through overhead power lines by Oregon Trail Electrical Co-op.
Approximately 78 acres of water rights are on the Griffin Gulch Ranch. This water is a tributary to the Powder River system. The Water Certificate is 1865. Currently 29 of the 78 acres of water rights are being irrigated. There is also an irrigation well located on the property along with mainlines and risers. This system would need to be looked at to determine functionality. Currently irrigation water is being applied through flood irrigation ditches. The city water supplied at the top of the ranch provides an extremely reliable source of quality livestock water. Mid elevation on the ranch provides for another developed spring. This spring runs strongest in the early and later parts of the growing season.
The ranch is currently leased to a neighbor for Grazing. 120 cow/calf pairs graze on the ranch. Since the ranch has a good water source at the top of the mountain, the current lessee leaves the gates open to graze neighboring properties at the same time. In combination with the neighboring property, the lessee grazed 120 head for approximately 3 months.
Ponderosa Pine is scattered along a corner of the ranch and is also dispersed along the riparian area of Griffin Gulch.
The rangeland is a mix of Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Idaho Fescue, Sandberg Bluegrass along with a variety of forbs, shrubs and annual grass species. The city water supplied at the top of the ranch provides an extremely reliable source of quality livestock water. Mid elevation on the ranch provides for two additional springs. These spring typically run strongest in the early and later parts of the growing season.
Perimeter fences are comprised of barbed wire which are typical of the area. The reliable water source allows for livestock to utilize the entire ranch. Currently the neighbor is grazing the property.
Baker City will typically receive cooler weather beginning in October. During the months of December, January and February it is typical to have snow on the ground. Snow accumulation varies drastically from year to year. Some years the snow will stay while other years will have very little. Spring typically begins in March and goes till mid-May. The summer months of June, July and August can see temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s all the way up to the low 100s. The average annual air temperature for the area is 45 to 50 degrees F. The average frost-free period is 100 to 130 days. The home is located at approximately 3,700’ elevation. It is located at the lowest elevation of the property. The highest elevation that overlooks Baker Valley is 4476’. The lower elevations receive 9 to 12” of annual precipitation while the upper elevations receive 12 to 16”.
2017 Taxes - $600.47
Tax lot 200 - 550 Farm Use/EFU Vacant
Any and all mineral rights owned by the Seller will transfer. There are unverified reports of mineral resources on the property.
Recreation & Wildlife
The ranch has supplied deer hunting opportunities for the family over the years. The ODFW (LOP) Landowner Preference Program provides additional opportunities for obtaining a hunting tag. The ranch is eligible for 2 LOP tags for both deer and elk. Additional rules may apply.
History of County/City:
Until 1861, the land now known as Baker County was an unsettled wilderness, visited only by Indians and travelers on the Oregon Trail headed for the green valleys of Western Oregon. Then four men searching for the fabled Blue Bucket Mine in the fall of that year spent the night in Griffin Gulch, a minor gulley in the sagebrushcovered hills south of present-day Baker. These early adventurers found gold in the gulch and the rush was on.
The town of Auburn was soon established as the first settlement and base for exploration. By about 1870 the richest placers were exhausted, but quartz lodes were discovered and developed, although slowly, and by 1900 were substantially productive in the Cracker Creek, Cornucopia, and Sumpter districts. As placer production decreased, Auburn declined, and Baker became the most important town in the county.
Baker District Mining History
Production in the Baker district has been chiefly from the placers in Griffin Gulch, but this was in the early years and was unrecorded. After 1900 more than half of the gold produced in the district came from lode mines. Production of gold from 1906 through 1959 was 19,825 ounces from lode mines, 10,890 ounces from placers, and 5,437 ounces undifferentiated, a total of 36,152 ounces.
Baker has two satellite colleges where adults can take classes. Baker Technical Institute offers community courses and job training/certification for both students and adults. The Baker Charter School’s is an online accredited public school for grades k-12 with regional centers across the state. The school also has an early college program where students can earn their associates degree upon graduation from college.
Oregon Department Fish Wildlife:
Travis Bloomer, Broker
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.