Photos des randonnées dans le Wallowa Whitman National Forest Running

I've been dying to see how the Wallowas have fared after these last few weeks of snowfall. I saw one clear day forecasted and jumped. The drive from the Trip-Cities to Wallowa Lake was absolutely stunning if only a little bit hairy due to all of the snow in the mountain pass. I could hardly believe my luck when I arrived at the lake and saw the blue water framed by those dramatic and snowy peaks, and sun! There were only a few cars parked at the Wallowa Lake trailhead, but it was later in the morning at that point so some folks had already broken trail for me. I snowshoed several miles up to the junction to Ice Lake and a little bit beyond to the wooden bridge crossing. The snow became too soft and deep here, and my snowshoes were sinking down a few feet with every step. The bridge also looked a bit treacherous (I could hardly see it under all that snow!) and I decided to turn back towards the trailhead. If I had more time I may have attempted the bridge and further, but these short winter days make daylight adventuring a little more difficult! I took my dog on this trek and she had a blast bounding through the deepest, fluffiest snow she could find. All in all a pretty fantastic day - the river was especially beautiful and I can't wait to try this again this winter. Enjoy the Wallowas while it's still a bit of the hidden gem that it is!

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