Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Eagle Cap Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The last mile is 'hardy' ;-) lots of elevation gain, but moderate is probably still an accurate ranking (just think on the high side of moderate.)

My phone recorded 8.7 miles... Which could be wrong? But is at least a solid mile over what it says here.

The hike has beautiful views, and makes for a lovely day hike. The lake is perfectly situated for relaxing when you arrive. This is a great hike.

Absolutely AMAZING! Worth the hike up. Got eaten alive by mosquitoes no matter what we did, but would totally do it again. The view is worth it.

hiking
11 days ago

Steady climb but not too difficult, moderate is fair description. Nice day hike that leaves plenty of time to relax at the lake.

Beautiful trial! Go in the early morning so you could enjoy the scenery more before you need to return down to wallowa.

hiking
17 days ago

We did this hike mid-June—-hardly any people and no bugs, BUT unable to do last 1/4 - 1/2 mike because of snow. Switchbacks up and back with gorgeous views, and well maintained trails with wonderful wildflowers. Hike was longer, probably closer to 9-10 miles. Great camping along Lostine River on road into trailhead

backpacking
20 days ago

Gorgeous hike, the whole way. The lake is stunning, the color of the water unreal. Wildflowers everywhere. Didn’t want to leave. Mosquitoes are not playing games, but didn’t have any problem with them until ~6 pm.

hiking
21 days ago

We did the hike as an out and back. It was doable as a day hike but would have been a lot better to stay overnight and not be crunched for time. The views were amazing with lots of waterfalls and a beautiful lake view at the end as a reward.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike, beautiful views, varied terrain. There was still some snow on the trail but it was passable with a little side stepping.

This is a great hike to a beautiful lake. The bugs at the top in mid July were pretty thick. Bring spray and thermacell. My GPS said it was 9 miles round trip.

We dayhiked on Saturday and left the trailhead around 9 am. We clocked it on GPS at 7.5 miles to the lake which took us around 3 hours to get to the top. There are breathtaking views all along the way, and it follows a gorgeous waterfall for the last couple miles. The lake was clear, full of fish and cold but swimmable. On the way back down we passed at least 10 small groups of backpackers heading up. This hike is for sure is the talk of the town and for good reason!

hiking
28 days ago

My friend and I hiked to Ice Lake from the trailhead in Wallowa Lake State Park on July 15. We had read conflicting reviews about the length and found that the sign at the trailhead does indeed say 9 miles to Ice Lake. My gps tracked us and said 6.6 miles to the lake and about 13.6 when we returned to the trailhead. The trail is very well maintained and has well-placed switchbacks that facilitate the 3200’ elevation gain without any steep or grueling sections, although some do cross a relatively narrow scree field. There are incredible views around every corner and intermittent tree cover for shade. The lake itself was utterly,breath-takingly beautiful! Cold but swimmable. I highly recommend this hike!

According to Forest Service the trail is about 9m each way. We go in July when there is no snow on the trail. It takes about 6 hours to get up, maybe less getting down, with a 30m lunch break and a few rests.
It’s unreal up there.... absolutely amazing.

on Maxwell Lake Trail

backpacking
29 days ago

Gorgeous views and maintained trail. The last mile is quite grueling, especially if you are backpacking in however it's worth it for the sights at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful hike through alpine forest to a small lake at the top. Last mile or so was challenging with steep loose gravel and rock.
My gps tracker clocked this trip as 10 miles and other hikers we encountered said similar things.
Lovely hiking - Under canopy nearly the whole trip. Mosquitos and flies were hungry at the top- take bug spray.

This is farther than All Trails states. When we approached the trailhead, the sign states 9 miles to Ice Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the hike! The lake is stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike the whole way with the gorgeous reward of Aneroid lake at the end. First two miles are steepish but after that it gently climbs. We did this on 6/22/18. Small snow patches up near the lake. The top 3 miles of the trail are ok for somewhat technical trail running. We ran down from the lake for about 4 miles but that last mile was we’re rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was super tough. We originally planned to camp at Ice Lake. But when we got about a mile form the lake the trail seemed to go straight up and the weather got cold. There were rumors of rain/snow, so we decided to go back and not get stuck. The views were spectacular. This is a definite try again in better weather.

Trail is pretty easy for the most part. Last mile is a little bit more of a workout. Took 3 kids on both trips with no problem whatsoever. Youngest was 7. Beautiful lake and enjoy the camp area at the trailhead, Shady Camp, famous to some Walla Walla natives due to a murder that happened years ago involving a local couple. Ann Rule wrote a book about it called Heart Full Of Lies.

on Aneroid Lake Trail

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

It recorded around 7.5mi one way and it kinda felt like more than that...probably because of the elevation gain. Had to break the trail off on the last 3mi or so due to snow-seemed like it was 5in tall. Started late so had to camp out 4.3mi into the trail. Amazing view at the end, although it’s very windy. You can see the Matterhorn peak; will definitely go back here to summit Matterhorn and Sacagawea peaks!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this trail on Fourth of July to find stunning frozen snow patches surrounding the lake. Worth the shlep.

10 months ago

I hiked to Ice Lake last July. This is an amazing place, one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked this trail on Saturday 9/23. It was a gorgeous hike but beware of snow the last 1-2 miles up to the lake. We were probably up to our knees the last mile or so and had been first on the trail to pack it down so it was slow going. Other than that, the trail was in great condition and I would definitely hike this again and hopefully remember to bring my gators this time ;)

Beautiful lake and hike. We did it in one day, including going up to Matterhorn peak after having lunch at the lake. Would have been better to camp the night instead of doing that all in one shot. Very challenging, especially from the lake to Matterhorn. We started at 8:30 am and got back to the car at 6:30 pm. We kept a pretty fast pace to beat sundown. Definitely go up to Matterhorn, I suggest walking sticks though! The view is absolutely amazing. Be sure to follow the cairns to get to the peak.

backpacking
11 months ago

Trail was a bit harder than we thought it would be, but not impossible. Beautiful lake. Lots of people backpacking over labor day, but still plenty of spots when we got up there late. Planned on summiting Matterhorn, but didn't get to it. I'll be back ice lake.

backpacking
11 months ago

My dog and I hiked in starting around 1pm on the Friday before Labor Day. The trail was well-marked with several opportunities for water along the way. Lots of flowers and nice views. The route was steep but the timing kept me out of the sun during the steepest bit. When we arrived, I opted to walk down the trail to my right to the far side of the lake and, to my surprise, had the place all to myself. (Good timing as I passed hordes of backpackers on the trail during my descent the next day). There are some nice campsites in the trees with a short walk to the lake for a chilly dip in the water.

hiking
11 months ago

I camped overnight at Ice Lake in July 2017. This place is absolutely gorgeous. The view of the Matterhorn from Ice Lake is breathtaking. This is one of my favorite hikes and I would love to do it in the winter.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

10 miles down a gravel forest road you will find parking and a camp ground. After two quick bridges you start in on the switchbacks and the elevation. The trail is easy to follow and is composed of sandy soil and granite. As John said there is a small section of deadfall, but nothing difficult to get over/under. Once you get past the switchbacks the trail straightens out and becomes steeper. But that means you are getting close. It's a beautiful lake and a lovely swim.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Did this as a day hike, took about 6 hours round trip. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!

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