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This was a FANTASTIC hike, with incredible views. At every turn there is something more to see. Went October 6, 2019, and there was snow in the woods but not on the trail. Elevation gain was steady and manageable.

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Working trail crew for 6 days. Cramped in the meadow. Had cold winds, rain, snow, sunshine and some star lit nights. Would definitely go again but maybe 3 weeks earlier.

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2 months ago

I did Minam Lake trail over Ivan Carper Pass as an alternative into the Lakes Basin of Eagle Cap Wilderness. It is a much quieter alternative compared to East Fork Lostine from Two Pan TH. I did this during Labor Day weekend 2019. The key part of this trail is I traversed over from Ivan Carper to Horton Pass via a direct scramble. Please be aware this section is off trail travel along loose rock and gets steep in places. This part of this route is not suitable for small children or dogs. Also if done earlier in the year snow will definitely be present and crampons and an ice axe would be required to prevent a fall or arrest one. Once to Horton Pass you can descend slightly to achieve the main trail to summit Eagle Cap or do another short traverse along a stable boulder field. I watched sunset from Eagle Cap and then descended to Horton Pass and camped there. This was day one of three for me during Labor Day weekend 2019. Cheers!

Backpacked this in a group of 4 with dogs over Labor Day weekend. Hiking up Wallowa Trail, you have great views all the way leading up to 6 mile meadow. We stopped and enjoyed lunch and some fly fishing here before continuing up to Lakes Basin. Many of the Horseshoe Lake campsites were occupied by 5pm, but continuing on there were 3 additional lakes, each with several campsites to choose from. The view from the saddle before descending into Hurricane Creek canyon was spectacular - looking back East towards Lakes Basin, looking South towards Eagle Cap and North towards Matterhorn with the meadow and stream below. Our campsites were fantastic, especially for a holiday weekend - near water, established fire rings and excellent views.

Trail is very steep with ~10 blowdowns. Current snow level is 7600' Upper basin and lake are currently snow bound.

Great lake and view and camping spot at the top. So many false summits, we thought we were there three times in those last two miles. Last two miles took longer than the first five. Giving it 4 stars because of how steep it is those last two miles.

A bit of snow in the last ~200 feet. But easy to walk through in tennis shoes.

hiking
Thu Sep 06 2018

Great hike, not crowded at all. Beautiful views, running water and two lakes!

Beautiful hike! The first few miles are a steady uphill climb with the Lostine River raging nearby. There are a few stream crossings and a pristine glacial valley. Lots of mosquitos at the lake in early July! Campsites are plentiful.

backpacking
Fri Jul 14 2017

Check out our video at TrailPersective on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O4jPRtO5y0 or our website at: http://trailperspective.weebly.com/ Started this trip by flying into Boise ID 7.02.2017, and started our trip 7.03.2017 after spending the night in at the Eldorado Inn in Baker City OR. (BI-Mart in Baker city has many supplies available to the Backpacker who forgets to grab items like fuel at the Boise REI). We had a backup trip planned for the Elkhorn Crest Trail in case the East Eagle - Imnaha Loop wasn't feasible. However, despite the warnings we opted to attempt the loop in Eagle Cap. On our drive from Baker City we took the shortest route via GPS, this took us on a very steep and sketchy route I would not recommend. I would recommend taking the directions listed in the various guidebooks for the area (ex: Backpacking Oregon Douglas Lorain) as it it much less steep and bumpy. Taking off from East Eagle Trailhead, we ran into the beginning of East Eagle Trail 1910 about a mile up the road. In the first ~9.5 miles to our camp at the Horton Pass/Frasier Pass junction the trail climbs from ~4500ft to ~6500ft. This means its a slow but steady 2000ft accent the entire way. The trail was almost entirely snow free with the exceptions of a few creeks running off the mountains still covered in packed snow. Reports from the ranger station in Joseph claimed significant snow 4-6 miles into most trails. However, east eagle was almost completely snow free until about 11 miles in. The video shows our attempt to ford east eagle creek to reach Hidden Lake but we became uncomfortable & almost instantly numb by the thigh high water. On day 2 we traveled up Horton Pass and spent the night near Mirror lake. The 2,000ft climb up Horton Pass was make difficult about the 12 mile mark with slopey snow covered trails not visible without GPS. We were fine with spikes and trekking poles until the last pitch of the pass. At this last portion we broke out the ice axes due to the possibility of a dangerous fall. Once at the top of Horton Pass, we ignorantly glissaded and butt-saded down the other side toward the lakes basin about 1000ft despite the entire basin being covered in snow. This turned out to be our biggest mistake. When arriving in the Lakes Basin Area, we realized that the hiking was extremely difficult due to several feet of very pitted snow. We made the call to turnaround at Mocassin Lake. The reason being that we were unsure of conditions ahead at Glacier Pass and we didn't want to be stuck in a worse situation if we had to turn around further into the hike. So we searched and found what seemed like the only melted out campsite at Mirror Lake. The 3rd day was a nervewracking journey back up to Horton Pas (scariest part for me) with axes and spikes. We ended up making the entire journey back to the trailhead the same day with hopes of having time to hike a bit of the Elkhorn Crest Trail. All in all, this was only 27 miles but is was a brutal 27. The heavy snowpack this year indeed lived up to the hype. I would not recommend the unprepared hiker to make the journey all the way up to Horton Pass (I would stop at first significant snow on the pass). And for the prepared hikers who can make it up the pass, I would not recommend the Lakes Basin unless you are experienced and confident on heavy snow. The snow was packed like concrete with only the occasional posthole. Regards,

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