Explore the most popular birding trails in Wallowa Whitman National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
8 days ago

Beautiful! I loved it and found it to be the easiest part of our 45 miles hike through the Eagle caps.

super hard but one of the most amazing places i've ever been to.

Hiked on Sept 28. Need a NW Forest Pass. Water available (bring treatment) all along Trail to Ice Lake. Nice gradual incline and trail is well-marked. Took me 3 hours, 72 degrees and sunny. Beautiful yellow Fall foliage all along route. It is hunting season now so be aware of that and wear neon orange. Trail to Matterhorn was well-marked for first 3/4 mile, after that I was just looking for the least slippery slope. Had to stop twice to rest. Thin air and quite steep. Took me 1 1/2 hours to reach summit. Worth every step to get a 360 view of the stunning Eagle Caps! I was actually higher than some birds! This trail is not for anyone who is afraid of heights or is not in good shape. Back at car at 6:10 pm so it took me almost 10 hours with stops for photos and snacks. One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done!

backpacking
3 months ago

The hike up was pretty nice. The views along the way were stunning, but the lake... spectacular.

Beautiful day!!!!

Great hike... Insane views... High visibility.. Plenty of water opportunities.

First things first, this was an incredibly rewarding, but difficult hike. I did this hike with 2 other people in one day. We started at 5:50am and got back to the vehicle at 6:45pm. The first 4 miles are reasonable and not difficult, but once you start along the switch backs on the way to ice lake, the trail seems endless. We took a lot of breaks along the way because one of my companions hip flexor was injured. By the time we got to Ice Lake, it was 10:30. Needless to say, we were reasonably worn out and ready to eat lunch. Around 11:30am we started up the Matterhorn trail which has loose rock and some scrambling moments(especially at the last two peaks). There are 3 false peaks, so do not be fooled. JUST KEEP CLIMBING UNTIL YOU HAVE NO MORE MOUNTAIN. My companion with the injured leg made it about 1/4 the way up and decided to wait for me and my friend to make it to the peak and come back. This took about 3.5 hours all together from Ice Lake, to the peak, and back again. That is assuming you don't hang around too long on the peak. That being said, my legs were exhausted... noodles by the time we got back down to Ice Lake. The descent is really hard on your knees and ankles, so if you're someone with poor joints, don't overdo yourself.

From Ice Lake, the final descent to the parking lot toke 3 hours and 6 minutes for my friends and I.

NOTE: We could barely walk by the end of this. If we could change it we would probably have spent the night at Ice Lake and split the time up into two days. However, we didn't feel like dragging camping stuff up the mountain and slowing us down.

I hiked the Ice Lake Trail to Matterhorn and then did the traverse across unknown mountain 9,775 ft , then slightly to the left to continue on the Sacajawea trail. The Sacajawea trail is a scramble but worth every effort to reach the summit. I then went back to the summit of unknown mountain then came down the scree section to Ice Lake. It’s a beautiful hike with very awesome views of the Wallowa range. From Matterhorn you can see Eagle Cap and all. I recommend this hike. I went in Early August, no mosquitos and hiked it in one day. I started at 4am and was back at parking lot by 6:30pm. I took plenty of rest and took many pictures. The total milage was 22 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trial! Go in the early morning so you could enjoy the scenery more before you need to return down to wallowa.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views, varied terrain. There was still some snow on the trail but it was passable with a little side stepping.

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.

We completed this hike just last week. The hike to ice lake is a good climb, but well worth it. The trail is easy to follow and well marked. We counted under 5 downed trees through its entirety. There are many established sites at ice lake, some more exposed than others. We found that sites just above lake level had slightly better wind which decreased mosquitos. However mosquitos are present at all times of day.
The trail to Matterhorn is easy to follow and winds up he last 1.5 miles to Matterhorn peak. Quite a steep climb with amazing views of the lake the majority of the time. There were two snow drift crossings along the way. The last 400 feet are along exposed rocks, and many spur trails exist to the peak. We saw a family of mountain goats. Overall thumbs up

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

pretty neat

hiking
6 months ago

Well worth the hike! The lake is stunning.

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!

hiking
6 months ago

This was a beautiful hike the whole way with the gorgeous reward of Aneroid lake at the end. First two miles are steepish but after that it gently climbs. We did this on 6/22/18. Small snow patches up near the lake. The top 3 miles of the trail are ok for somewhat technical trail running. We ran down from the lake for about 4 miles but that last mile was we’re rocky.

Tried to hike this trail recently
Middle of May, it’s best to have snowshoes

I hiked this in the summer of 06. It took me 9.5 hours. I had lunch and a swim at the lake and refilled my water bottle with snow while I was there. The swim was most refreshing and the water was so clear that I could see the bottom of the lake.

on Aneroid Lake Trail

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The views are great! Come early to avoid crowds.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Montée jusqu'au lac Dollar. Nature d'une incroyable beauté.

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.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Totally Awesome hike we did this JUNE 5TH and there was a lot of snow on the trail, definitely bring Yaktrax and Crampons and an Ice Ax if going beyond the lake!

backpacking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Went in late September 2016, it was great!. However, it was snowing at the submit and rained a lot on the way up and down. Wasn't prepared for wet weather either. Switch backs are a bit rough at first, and didnt realize how much elevation you gain either. Overall though, i'd do it again. It was fun, scenery is great.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Lovely! Very easy to follow trail, steep start to great views of wallowa lake, pretty meadows, and finally aneroid lake at the top! Really pretty this time of year (late July) and I would love to see what it looks like with more snow.

backpacking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

We backpacked this trail during the first week of June 2016. The high lakes basin of the Eagle Cap Wilderness was still snowed in but this trail was open. The first couple of miles were brushy but then it opened out into rock fields, Old Growth forest and meadows. There was a forest fire in the first two miles which is partly why its brushy. We only saw two other parties, from a distance, for the three days we were there. A friendly doe followed us for a bit. The wildflowers were fantastic!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Amazing views, giant rushing glacial water that flows into the lake, emerald waters. Plan to stay overnight and enjoy

hiking
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I actually hiked this trail and surrounding area while working in the area. It's a beautiful area. Pretty steep if you do anything off-trail

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