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If you're interested in a campground surrounded on three sides by 9,000' tall snow-capped mountains and a large, clear lake, this is the area for you. The lake is a popular fishing and boating site. Around the Wallowa Lake area, you can enjoy hiking wilderness trails, horseback riding, bumper boats, canoeing, miniature golf or ride a tramway to the top of one of the mountains (a rise of 4,000'). Wildlife is abundant in the area There are gift shops nearby and a thriving artist community which does world-class bronze castings. Tours are available through the foundries and the showroom displays (they'll keep you interested for hours). Wallowa Lake also serves as a gateway to visit Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. There are activities for everyone in the family.

backpacking
18 days ago

The views are great! Come early to avoid crowds.

Bridge was out and had to cut the trail short.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing trail to backpack! I went in late July. The river was GUSHING which made the ford very challenging (and a bit dangerous). Glacier Pass was covered in, well, glaciers. This made the trail difficult to follow and we were not prepared to pass over snow, but we managed without losing any party members :) Lakes Basin was beautiful, albeit there were lots of mosquitos. My party was made of 4, and we had two small dogs travel with us. Lakes full of little trout and were a swimmable temperature, trails were well maintained (save the glacier thing), wild flowers were blooming like crazy, sunsets were gorgeous. One night was clear enough to star gaze for hours. There was a thunderstorm and we had some good rain the third night. Excellent trip, highly recommended.

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,

Check out our trip on TrailPerspective on YouTube.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O4jPRtO5y0

Great hike. Took youth boys from church range from 7 to 16. We all made it there and back. Lots of snow on north side.

Our AirBnB host told us that the Wallowas are known as the “Swiss Alps” of Oregon. According to Travel Oregon, these mountains contain 49 peaks over 8,000 feet. Granted there’s a ton of things to do within this mountain range and in the resident city of Joseph. The fastest way to see most of it is to take the Wallowa Lake Tramway for $35. What REALLY blew me away was Wallowa Lake that you’ll see going up. From the summit, there’s a looped hike that you can do for different viewpoints. When we went, the viewpoints to the north were closed due to snow. Dress warm and wear hiking shoes since you might have to hike through some snow and it could get pretty cold even though it’s summer.

A fun jaunt out to BC Falls and back-- a nice crisp November hike. Fun for kids with the bridge and make sure to go up to the viewpoint above the falls, a quick spur trail.

My friends and I did the 41 mile Eagle Cap Wilderness Loop trail and it was stunning! There are multiple lakes and streams along the trail so water should never be an issue, and the meadows are perfect for setting up camp.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

backpacking
Thursday, July 28, 2016