Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Wallowa Lake State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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scramble
snow
1 month ago

Like others have said, make sure you have multiple maps (trail and topo map). We missed the creek crossing in the beginning, but after looking at a topo map I bushwhacked the ridge to the trail. If you plan to do this in one day, prepare. The mileage can range from 13.5 to 16 depending on your route. Bring a water purifier or lifestraw to save weight (depending on time of year, water may be murky. If you plan to stay over night, the meadow prior to the final push is worth it. I will coming back to do such. Beware, there is snow at 8300 feet and the local forecast calls for more this week. The peak trail is steep switchback central, so plan accordingly. I'm the trail -1 purely because of the initial poor trail.

hiking
2 months ago

13.4 is not accurate. Closer to 15+ and that last mile uphill will test your will and determination. Amazing 360 degree views and worth the doms. I would recommend you set up camp in a meadow instead of doing the whole trail in one day like I did, that way you can walk the ridge to Matterhorn and take time to enjoy the summit. The trail is easily lost, cross the river about 2 miles in at the log crossing, walk into the white rocks to rejoin the trail and look for cairns, load up on water before you start climbing. Not a lot of wildlife, but beautiful hike nonetheless.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 8-20-19. A classic mountain ascent. Began around 6:45am. Like others have stated, the turn for the peak trail is easy to miss. If you aren’t able to follow a map, know that about two miles in, there is a triangular intersection where a log pole has been laid across the trail (and sunk into it as if it was a step). Turn left there and cross the creek. There are a few logs laid across as a bridge a little ways back (flow was little more than ankle deep when I crossed anyways). From there it’s fairly easy as far as navigation. Once you reach the upper meadows where the brooks are flowing, you may need to find the trail again, but it’s quite easy. If you miss where it leads off to the right, just keep following the streams up, then head up to the right where it looks like a human would logically keep going up. You’ll meet up with the trail again. Skirts around the mountain and goes up the side of the cirque. Steep gravel and rock. Only one or two slightly sketchy spots. The trek down actually wasn’t as awful as I thought it’d be, though my quads are still faintly sore 5 days later. I wasn’t rushing anything, and I dawdled with a ridge line walk toward Matterhorn, but returned to the car before 3pm.

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bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

Do not underestimate this hike! One of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever been to and epic hike to the peak! The first 2 miles are flat starting from Hurricane Creek Trailhead. Then, if you look at the map closely you’ll see that you have to cross the Creek which I realized before I went to far off. Don’t keep following the Hurricane Trail and pay close attention to the map for the first 2-3 miles. Once you cross the Creek just follow the path. I went at a crazy time where the tide was really high and the current was majorly strong!!! It wouldn’t have been as bad for me crossing the Creek hadn’t I brung my dogs that were nervous of crossing the water. Next, you’ll eventually hit a nice incline up a maintained trail for a while. The trails becomes leveled again then declines for a while. You’ll eventually end up heading into this huge beautiful valley! Follow the map because it’s easy to get off track here since many people don’t do this hike. The final mile you’ll end up hitting this steep incline with loose rock and gravel! Be wary of the time because it was harder crossing the Creek on our way back later in the day. Tide was higher and current was stronger. It was pretty epic having fresh water source along the entire trail though.

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!

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
Sun Apr 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.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

on Sacajawea Peak Trail

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3 months ago

on Sacajawea Peak Trail

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3 months ago

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4 months ago