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If you're interested in a campground surrounded on three sides by 9,000' tall snow-capped mountains and a large, clear lake, this is the area for you. The lake is a popular fishing and boating site. Around the Wallowa Lake area, you can enjoy hiking wilderness trails, horseback riding, bumper boats, canoeing, miniature golf or ride a tramway to the top of one of the mountains (a rise of 4,000'). Wildlife is abundant in the area There are gift shops nearby and a thriving artist community which does world-class bronze castings. Tours are available through the foundries and the showroom displays (they'll keep you interested for hours). Wallowa Lake also serves as a gateway to visit Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. There are activities for everyone in the family.

good hike had to much stuff in my pack.

trail running
4 months ago

Beautiful area with good elevation gain. Once off of the main trail onto Copper Creek Trail proper, I only met about 5 people (went in July on a weekend). There are two required stream crossings so make a decision to go through barefoot or run wet. Last mile or so is tougher mainly due to 7000+ foot elevation. Still had some snow, not much wildlife. The only confusing part was the mileage; I went 6.6 miles up but wasn't at the crossing so perhaps the CCT was described as 13.2 miles NOT counting the 3 mile first section. Mosquitos were rare as long as you keep moving. For barefoot runners, I did over 2 miles without problem.

My favorite vacation spot with hidden gems everywhere

Best views I've ever seen. West Fork Lostine trail to Moccasin Lake. Set up camp and walk the loop to all the other lakes. Great views of the Matterhorn. Day two wake up early and summit Eagle Cap. You will not be sorry. On the way back cross the divide and see a whole new set of lakes. Hike out through East Fork Lostine. Surreal...

Me and my father did a hike on the Chief Joseph trail and we loved the heck out of it. It's dry, but is a strenuous and beautiful hike. You can see the lake from one viewpoint, and the end of the trail leads up to a waterfall. The trail on the other side is washed out so I would not cross over to it. The hike itself smells heavenly, like roses and mock orange. Simply lovely.

Dry! No water on this trail. Pretty difficult climb up to a ridge and then.,,,the lake is 500' below in a cirque. After 8 miles straight up didn't feel like climbing down and then back up to the ridge.

Was an awesome hike! We hiked up to a base camp in the snow then hiked the summit the following next day. It's a pretty difficult hike so I would definitely say that it's a two day hike. Glacading down from the summit to base camp was a lot of fun.

Spent a week here on two different occasions. Absolutely gorgeous area. I highly recommend it to others.

scenic driving
2 years ago

Nice drive

hiking
2 years ago

fly fishing
2 years ago

The mule deer here will eat from your hand

Spent the whole summer here

Perfect hike

I love this place !

Wondered around here for 6 days a great spot.

Did a 50-miler up there (took 20 miles off due to time constraints) and it was absolutely stunning. By far one of the best hikes I've ever been on. My one complaint though is that on the opposite side of the lakes region over Eagle Cap, the trail isn't very well marked, probably because it's not quite as popular. If you have a GPS with you then you should be fine. Would highly recommend this trail.

Beautiful hike. Came across several deer and got an unbeatable view of Wallowa Lake below. Not too hard. But I was disappointed to see the bridge that crosses the waterfall washed out. It would be risky to cross it. But honestly. I think next time I will come prepared and give it a go.