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

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike in these last Fall days before the snow. An easy, ever changing hike by the river up to our turn around point at Slick Rock.

Very nice hike We hiked to the falls about 6-7 miles round trip. Beautiful woods and some open meadows. Was especially nice to sit in the sun by the falls to eat lunch.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a constant gradual up then the last mile or so a steep straight up. Then, it’s very steep down until it’s a constant gradual down. It’s pretty and otherworldly dropping into that lake.

I would agree with high end of moderate. It is a leg burner of a hike but the end result leaves you with stunning views. Would definitely do this one again. If you go to the left of Maxwell you will also find another little pond.

The last mile is tough but worth it.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Have motorcycled this road several times both directions. The road from Halfway is better than the road just outside of Joseph. Plenty of good camping. If traveling early spring make sure to call the USFS office in Baker City to see if it is open.

Amazing trail.

Gorgeous trail. Mild elevation gains with a couple of steep spots. The trail follows the river almost the entire way. The lake was pretty drawn down, can’t wait to try again in the spring when it’s full again.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, just beautiful! One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. The mountains are so close and Slick Rock Falls was awesome. The three mile hike to the falls was not a very hard trek. I highly recommend!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Did this one on a mc run way too many years ago... Awesome ride.

hiking
3 months ago

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

From the parking lot to the edge of mirror lake is 7.5 miles so the round trip is 15 miles instead of the 13.3 posted. Trail well marked and lake is nice. Not the most beautiful lake in the eagle caps by any means. A few switch backs at the 2 mile mark and again the last mile bit otherwise a nice gradual slope.

3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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

hiking
4 months ago

absolutely beautiful, one of my favs.

Knocked this trail out today. The trail starts off fairly gradual but starts climbing pretty quickly up the side of the mountain via switchbacks. I have read other articles that says this is the steepest trail in the Wallowa’s. It was created by miners but is still maintained. I started at 4am because I did not want to make the grind up in the beating sun. The trail crosses a few streams as it makes its way up the valley. I made it to Legore mine (old copper mine) and also found what looks to be remnants of an old log cabin. These are remnants from pioneer Joe Legore who’s family came east on the Oregon trail and were one of the first settlers in the Wallowa valley. A few feet inside the mine there is an ammo can where you can sign in on the papers that have been left inside, some interesting reads. From here I continued up where the trail disappears from time to time. There is no true trail at this point but others have worn a path that leads to an awesome meadow. From the meadow it continues up the valley over boulders and a few snow fields to the 2nd meadow where you have a great view of the back of Sawtooth Peak. A trail leads up from the left at this point which takes you up to a saddle which overlooks Legore lake, a tarn that is stocked with fish, (8,950 feet) which is the highest true lake in the state of Oregon. From the saddle above Legore Lake there are great views of the back side of Chief Joseph mountain and Twin Peaks. After resting for an hour I turned around and flew back down the trail. The views are incredible but make no mistake this trail is a beast and goes straight up in several areas. Just remember the true trail ends at the Legore mine, from that point forward it is up to you. Legore lake is probably a mile to a mile and a half-ish past Legore mine. I saw no one else on the trail. It is a steep descent be very careful and bring first aid just in case. Bugs were minimal. I uploaded a bunch of pics of the trail, mine, cabin, meadows, lake, etc.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike but tough! Did 5 miles out and back to the first stream crossing. Very petty and a tough 1500’ of gain and then loss!

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.

on Maxwell Lake Trail

backpacking
4 months 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.

This trail was very well marked and easy to follow. Lots of wildflowers lined the path and there were multiple stream crossings that did get our feet a little wet when we weren’t careful. On a beautiful July day it was worth it. Bonny Lake is a shallow glacier-fed lake and you’ll want to be prepared for mosquitoes.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike with lots to see!

6/23-24: A bit of snow on the trail up to the alpine meadows, but it seems to be melting fast...which translates to quite a bit of water running down the trails. Easily navigated. Meadows alive with tiny wildflowers. Set up camp about a mile before Mirror Lake due to the amount of snow. Dropped the packs off & hiked to Mirror Lake in the late afternoon...LOTS of snow on the trail, but so worth it!

Gorgeous hike with not a lot of people..

Fantastic Spring Hike. There was still some snow fields on the hillsides which filled the creek and added a wild sound effect to the downhill rushing water. The trail is easy but gradually up. A good destination is the waterfall. My GPS had the out and back hike at 6.8 miles, with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. You walk up a canyon into the mountains. Do this hike, you won't be sorry.

Awesome trip with great, scenic views and lakes. Bugs were not to bad and it wasn't too hot. Depending on the year, there would be snow until mid July, early August.

hiking
10 months ago

Winter hike up here, not too much snow right now - didn’t require snowshoes. It was, however, really icy. Trekking poles work great to keep you on two feet! The hike is very nice, not too hard but you can work up a bit of a sweat too with a faster pace! Most of the trail follows the river closely, the waterfall is lovely, and the evidence of avalanches really makes an impression; tons of downed trees and debris from who-knows-when.

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.

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