Looking for a great trail in Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 15 hard trails in Eagle Cap Wilderness ranging from 4.8 to 34.4 miles and from 4,586 to 9,573 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Amazing trail with beautiful views. Plenty of water around.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! I've hiked it in both the summer and late fall. The trail is well maintained. Make sure to bring cash $5 for a day use fee.

This trail was one to remember. Some solid incline with beautiful views every step of the way. It’s not for anyone who’s out of shape however. The conditions were sunny and a slight bit of snow at the top of the hike. Tiring but a great way to spend the day.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Had a great hike over to the lake. There was snow on the trail but wasn’t super deep. Scenic views all the way there and only ran into 2 people towards the end of the hike

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.

Absolutely loved this trail!! Was a pretty simple trail, just long! We decided to stop once at mirror lake so we could explore around the lake and really enjoy the views. Trail wasn’t very crowded which was nice! Will definitely be back and plan to camp here next time.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Just tracking from Mirror lake to the summit, as I approached Mirror Lake from the West Wallowa River trail and Lake Basin. fantastic hike. a little more snow than I expected for mid September (the last 2 miles were covered, more significantly the last mile). Luckily a few people had summited in the past week so I was able to follow their path, without any snowshoes or special snow gear. I definitely got snow in my boots, but nothing that the views didn't make up for.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
blowdown
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

**READ THIS** if you are planning on attempting this loop trail. This is a challenging review because it's really two separate reviews. The one star rating is to get your attention for the second half of the first leg of this hike. We'd planned this as a 3-day, 2 night hike for the 31 miles shown on the All Trails map. Our goal was to hike 12.5 miles the first day to get to the river trail junction in the valley for the first night, then hike to Minam Lake for the second night, and then 9 miles down and out back to the trailhead the third day. The first 8 miles of this loop as defined by the All Trails map is spectacular. Really a 5-star hike with some of the most picturesque scenery we've seen. It started off with a beautiful, relatively open forest hike with rivers and streams cascading through them and a relatively mild grade. This transitioned into a lovely meadow and forest landscape with the same rivers and streams, but a little rockier and steeper. This then became rocky alpine meadows with meandering streams and views of the fabulous mountain peaks and forested valleys all around. Lastly, it terminated in a rocky alpine landscape with even more spectacular views. At the top of this ridge, just before the Cooper Trail links up with the North Minam Trail, there is a stunning view down into Swamp Lake to the North. It was quite chilly and windy up there since you're so exposed and at about 8600' elevation. From here, the trail descends and, while rocky and steep, is still quite lovely for the first mile going through an alpine meadow and along the mountain slopes as you move back down into the forest. At this point, the trail becomes a disaster. Unbeknownst to us (though we were later told there were warnings at the trailhead we didn't see - but none on the trail itself), this area was subject to a massive forest fire only a month ago. So, beyond this point, the forest is completely burnt out with charred, downed logs all across the trail (one was still smoldering) that you have to navigate over, under, and around with several inches of ash everywhere you go. Additionally, this portion of trail is poorly maintained and completely unsigned and only has two minor water sources you cross. The biggest problem we experienced was that at roughly mile 10, the trail shifts from heading South to heading West. There is a confusing junction here where the path splits, but is clearly much more worn and established heading down and to the left. That's what we took. We didn't realize soon enough that this takes you off the All Trails route. That said, it continues to run close to and parallel the one in the app. So, we stayed the course because we still had a clear, worn trail and thought that we were either experiencing a GPS glitch or, if not, that both trails would converge before the switchbacks headed down to the river valley. Big mistake. It doesn't. With only a 1/2 mile to go to hit the switchbacks, the trail disappeared. We tried to find the All Trails trail from where we were, but with no luck. We had to camp on the side of the mountain overnight and, in the morning, just came back out the way we went in. So, our recommendation would be to not take this loop - at least not until some trail maintenance can occur and the trail more clearly re-established. Instead, do this as a day hike to mile 6,7, or 8 and out again (depending on your stamina) or descend from the ridge down into the Swamp Lake campgrounds for an overnight and return the next day.

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

Stunning ... I checked bridge out as it was partially out... still crossable on the beam... as of a couple of days ago the stream was super low anyways... bridge not even necessary. It was reported to me by another hiker that a cougar was spotted in the Meadows around the said bridge. Easy to follow trail to the lake itself. I personally had a bit of difficulty finding the trail to the Eagle cap summit ... but did a minor bit of scrambling up and easily spotted the REAL trail. Sadly I didn't have time to reach the summit as I was day hiking and had a late start.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Perfect day hike. Still warm enough to jump in the crystal clear lake. Really discouraging and sad to see the amount of people that neglected the wilderness regulations and built illegal campfires. Beautiful and challenging hike.

Best hike I’ve ever done.

hiking
rocky
washed out
4 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.

backpacking
4 months ago

What a dang majestic backpacking trip. Just like all the rest of the reviews state, well worth a trip out to this trail as it does not disappoint in the least. Trail is in good condition all the way up and will for sure be returning to Eagle Cap

My wife and I hiked this all the way to Legore Lake in September 2014. It was our first extreme hike. I’m not kidding about this hike, it is stupid tough. It is a 20% grade, around 4100’ elevation change in 4 miles. The last mile or so, we were going over boulders as big as cars. We did see mountain goats at the top, which were impressive. I believe the peak is around 9100’ before you drop down into the lake. The views are a one-of-a-kind beautiful and just breathtaking. The hike was a bit eerie, though because we were the only ones on it. Descending was the worst part. It was like trying to walk on marbles practically the whole way down. Our legs were sore for about two weeks afterwards, but it was worth it!

Hiked in later in the day, packed for an overnight trip. Not many people on the trail, only few. Very well maintained trail and clear signs. Ended up setting up camp at Laverty Lake about .5 mile away from Chimney. Hiked up to Chimney the next morning and explored. Lots of great campsites along the trail and at both lakes! The waterfall was a little difficult to find, off the trail a bit. Very beautiful area and amazing views!

hiking
4 months ago

My sister and I hiked about 4 miles of it today, wasn’t busy at all, no bugs, and brought our two dogs who had the best time!

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous, so worth doing! We hiked a little beyond slick rock (around 9, slick rock is probably 8 out & back) as day hike but beautiful & really enjoyed it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great lakes to hike into for camping, or an long day trip. I think the estimated mileage to the second lake is a little low, but not for sure as recording feature crapped at Echo.

hiking
no shade
off trail
scramble
4 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!

Excellent time backpacking up to Chimmey lake and then hiked up the next day to Hobo, we missed the trail to Hobo (3 other parties as well) and ended up at a lake that isnt on any maps (seasonal lake?), it was small, but knew that Hobo was in a south direction and hiked up to the top of a hill and saw it. I informed the other parties that were looking for Hobo as well and they hiked on to it. We hiked back out about .75 mile to find the trail to Hobo, it's not well marked and it looks like a dry spring creek at first, then hiked up to Hobo and we traversed the lake and then back down to Chimmey and back out the next day. Around 16 miles, a wonderful setting and gorgeous views.

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.

I hiked this trail with my dad Aug 20-24th. There wasn't any snow left on the ground except up on Eagle Cap. The first two miles to the Meadow are up up up with lots of switch backs. The Meadow is a beautiful part of the hike. Once you're at Mirror Lake it's stunning! We camped mid-week so it wasn't too crowded. But once Friday came it turned busy! I like that my dad and I could camp out at Mirror Lake for three nights and then do day hikes all around the area. We ran into many horses, people backpacking with llamas and even a woman backpacking with six goats! It was a fun and beautiful area. I'd definitely come back again.

8/24/19 hiked to Moccasin Lake only another .6 miles past Mirror Lake. Definitely worth the extra distance. Loved this hike! Trail is in great condition. The small bridge in the meadow at 6ish miles looks dangerous but it’s pretty safe. The first 2.5 miles I would rate hard. 1400 feet of the 2400 feet of elevation gain come in the first 3 miles. The rest of the trail is moderate to easy. Apple Watch has the hike to Mirror Lake at 7.8 and 8.8 to Moccasin Lake. Next time we want to camp and explore the other trails up there.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked up to Minam Lake on 8/19. Trail is clear but very dry and dusty. Granite Gulch fire burning beyond the next ridge made for a very smoky hike and limited visibility. Still gorgeous though. Although the Two Pan trailhead was full of cars, we only encountered 5 other hikers on the trail. Great introductory hike up into the Eagle Cap wilderness. Just wish we'd made it an overnight hike instead of a day trip so we had some more time at the lake and in the meadows.

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