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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
7 days ago

8/01 - 8/03: Went in to Aneroid Lake via the east fork then over Polaris Pass and up to Glacier Lake finshed through the Basin and down the west fork. Awesome trip!! Stunning scenery, Bugs a non factor, water refreshing, and fish biting!! Trails down from Polaris Pass in pretty rough shape, but worth the extra effort!!

backpacking
14 days ago

7/30 - left trailhead at 8:30am and arrived at 6-mile meadows at 11:30 am, crossed river and had lunch, started up Lakes trail at 1pm and arrived at Horseshoe Lake at 2:30pm, made camp on August Island, swam in lake, weather was stellar, bugs not bad, bean and rice burritos for dinner
7/31 - up at 7am, breakfast of eggs, biscuits, and prosciutto, swam in lake, packed up and onto Mirror Lake at 9am, arrived at Mirror Lake at 11am and made camp on lake with great view of Eagle Cap, hiked to both ends of Mirror Lake in afternoon, briefly saw a group of bighorn sheep in west meadow that were quickly scared off by another hiker's dog
8/1 - headed for Eagle Cap at 7:15am and made summit by 8:45am, trail was very good and clear of snow, unfortunately a haze of smoke was in the area, diminishing the incredible views, on return made scramble to small peak on other side of Horton Pass and had lunch, unable to traverse ridge further to Minam Lake trail, but had nice views of Minam and Blue lakes
8/2 - late breakfast and broke camp, backpacked to Glacier Pass around 11am, absolutely beautiful at Glacier Lake, arrived around 1pm, jumped in icy cold lake and had lunch, considered staying, but headed for Frazier Lake around 2:30pm, gorgeous views on downhill traverse to Frazier along creek coming out of Glacier Lake, arrived at Frazier around 3:30pm, an underwhelming lake in comparison to Glacier, decided to keep hiking for 6-mile Meadows, crossed back over river about 4:30pm, arrived in meadows around 6:30pm
8/3 - broke camp and hit trail at around 9am for easy 6-mile descent to trailhead, arrived just after noon, great trip and beautiful area, would highly recommend and plan to go back

Cost $35 to ride the tram up. Great vistas and well maintained trails. A lot of tourist that don't respect staying on the trails and feed the wildlife.

Felt like I was back on top of Mt. Blanc! Incredible views worth the ride price.

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.

This is an easy hike with incredible views at the top of Mt. Howard. It’s a tram ride up and down the mountain. It was a gorgeous day today, sunny and breezy. Burgers and brews at the top. Fun but not hardcore hiking!

The Wallowas are a beautiful range and well worth checking out. I would give this a four star but my buddy and I had a bit of a misadventure on this one. We started from Hurricane Creek trailhead and ended up overshooting the barely visible trail which would lead across Hurricane Creek losing about 3 hours in the process once we recovered. Traversal of the creek was dicey, we had to use downed logs to get across.

The trail eventually gets steep before opening up in a meadow. Our resources were a bit depleted from the misadventure so we were thankful to see a creek high up where we could refill water.

Then we began the final traverse. The snow season ended early this year, so the final ascent was entirely made of scree. There is a small trail that ends up disappearing in places which adds to the confusion of route finding.

Thankfully, we made the ridge and had to perform a couple class 2 scrambles on the ridge line to reach the summit where a couple cairns are setup.

The views were excellent as we can see well into the Wallowas, making the early pains worth the payoff.

The down climb was a little rougher as we were running on empty and the skree was killer on our feet. But my buddy and I made it to the trailhead bagging one of the great peaks of Oregon!

Don’t ever go there, too awesome to spoil, locals only!!!

Beautiful trail for one so heavily-trafficked. Moderately strenuous incline. Switchbacks offered great views. Looking forward to to some bridge-repair allowing safe crossing to the remainder of this trail. We stopped and turned back at the waterfall. Going to have to go back!

We only hiked in a few miles, and set up camp. At least 5 inches of snow on the ground. Recommend bringing an extra sleeping pad! Saw bobcat tracks up to our tent when we woke up.

I hiked this in August. We backpacked in and camped at Mirror Lake. It was absolutely gorgeous. There were a number of people camping at the lake, but the trail was very quiet the majority of the hike. Be prepared for thunder storms as we encountered a few during our 4 days. There are some pretty steep areas of elevation gain for the first couple miles and then again just before reaching the lake. In between, however, there is a long beautiful stretch of relatively flat hiking through the valley before the lakes.

10 months ago

Nice fall hike with creek and lake views. Bridge is out at the falls, keeping it short, though is passable if you are ok getting your feet wet.

The views are great! Come early to avoid crowds.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bridge was out and had to cut the trail short.

backpacking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

backpacking
Friday, July 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,

backpacking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

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.

backpacking
Monday, January 09, 2017

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.

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beautiful area with good elevation gain. Once off of the main trail onto Copper Creek Trail proper, I only met about 5 people (went in July on a weekend). There are two required stream crossings so make a decision to go through barefoot or run wet. Last mile or so is tougher mainly due to 7000+ foot elevation. Still had some snow, not much wildlife. The only confusing part was the mileage; I went 6.6 miles up but wasn't at the crossing so perhaps the CCT was described as 13.2 miles NOT counting the 3 mile first section. Mosquitos were rare as long as you keep moving. For barefoot runners, I did over 2 miles without problem.

update April 15, 2017. Road to trailhead is impassable. Trees down and even my 4x4 couldn't get closer than 6 miles from entrance. plan accordingly.

Friday, July 01, 2016

My favorite vacation spot with hidden gems everywhere

Best views I've ever seen. West Fork Lostine trail to Moccasin Lake. Set up camp and walk the loop to all the other lakes. Great views of the Matterhorn. Day two wake up early and summit Eagle Cap. You will not be sorry. On the way back cross the divide and see a whole new set of lakes. Hike out through East Fork Lostine. Surreal...

Me and my father did a hike on the Chief Joseph trail and we loved the heck out of it. It's dry, but is a strenuous and beautiful hike. You can see the lake from one viewpoint, and the end of the trail leads up to a waterfall. The trail on the other side is washed out so I would not cross over to it. The hike itself smells heavenly, like roses and mock orange. Simply lovely.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Dry! No water on this trail. Pretty difficult climb up to a ridge and then.,,,the lake is 500' below in a cirque. After 8 miles straight up didn't feel like climbing down and then back up to the ridge.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Was an awesome hike! We hiked up to a base camp in the snow then hiked the summit the following next day. It's a pretty difficult hike so I would definitely say that it's a two day hike. Glacading down from the summit to base camp was a lot of fun.

hiking
Thursday, December 25, 2014

Spent a week here on two different occasions. Absolutely gorgeous area. I highly recommend it to others.

fishing
Monday, October 06, 2014

The mule deer here will eat from your hand

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