Easy access and clearly marked. Did a 6mi rt out and back - turned around at ice lake spur. Quite muddy in spots and lots of horse poop along the way which made hiking w dogs a messy affair. Other than that, easy grade and lots great views. Keen to come back and do an overnight at ice lake

Very muddy in places and still quite a bit of snow cover. Beautiful outlook areas!

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
3 days ago

beautiful trip. no snow until horseshoe lake. GPS recommended for the lollipop as the snow makes it easy to get off trail. doable in boots

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flooded
icy
muddy
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5 days ago

Beautiful destination. The hike up was about 7 miles. Not that spectacular a hike but a good workout. The lake at the top is gorgeous though. Went on July 2nd and the last two miles were covered with snow and had a number of muddy stream crossings. Sturdy hiking boots and poles were a plus.

Solo Backpacking trip 6/27-28 to Aneroid Lake in Eagle Cap wilderness. Started with 85F ended up with 30F brrr Aneroid is looking great! Still a little snowpack near the last bit before Aneroid Lake. Amazing views and a good time in the outdoors.

The first three miles is a challenging rocky steep climb, and then the trail improves. The hike was worth the effort and has incredible views and very high peaks. I was able to check this hike off my Bucket List and I am grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the challenge and the beauty

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rocky
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washed out
11 days ago

Just finished this hike. First off, really beautiful pristine land, never knew this existed up in NE Oregon! Hiked to Ice lake and stayed the night. There are some sections of the switchbacks part of the trail that are flooded with all the snowmelt but not terrible. Ice lake is not frozen but still has some ice on it, i would imagine in the next couple days it should be completely melted. The camping area also has a good amount of snow still but still plenty of spaces to camp. Summited day two and you definitely have to traverse a good amount of snow still but its do-able, i had trek poles and microspikes but could prob have done without the spikes. The last 1/3 mile is all melted to the summit so no issue there. Also trekked over to Sacajawea and it was clear all the way across, the gendarmes are sketchy in places. The Karst cave had a bunch of snow in it still and not able to even see into it. Saw at least 4 mountain goats!!

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14 days ago

Beautiful views. It’s a short hike, but gorgeous. Parts of the trail were covered in snow and snowmelt water.

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over grown
17 days ago

This was a great early-season hike. The fast-moving river and high canyon walls are a spectacular view that stays with you the entire hike. We were the only ones on the trail this past weekend though we met a solo backpacker coming off the trail just as we were about to start. The trail was in good shape other than a few spots that were overgrown and required some minor bushwhacking. Long pants are required on this trail due to occasional brushes with blackberry and other annoyances. We saw a couple of patches of poison oak that were easily avoided. Saw one snake, but harmless. The trail is near-level (lose about 200 feet hiking in, regain on return) but is mostly in the open. We were told the trail is often hotter and browner this time of year but the cool, wet spring meant it was still quite green. The camping near the confluence of the Imnaha and Snake Rivers in Hells Canyon was spectacular. Several tour and fishing boats plying the Snake in late afternoon. Access road was rough, but easily doable if not in a passenger car. Took about 50 minutes once left the pavement to cover the 13.5 miles.

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snow
17 days ago

Tram is now $36 but worth every penny. There was still a fair amount of snow on the trails and muddy in other places. With good boots I was fine. The views are amazing.

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rocky
snow
25 days ago

Was a steep climb slow and steady. Rocky going up wasn't a big deal. Coming down was another story. Still snow so snow melt made the trail Muddy in many areas and going thru snow wasn't fun either. If it wasn't for the trail markers in the trees with ribbons closer to the lake wouldn't know where the trail was. Was a nice view just be prepared for a long hike if doing it in one day

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1 month ago

Hiked up 5/28/20 and encountered snow pack about 4.5 miles in. Trail was doable without gear, but would recommend if you’re going up anytime soon. Aneroid lake was iced over, but made for a beautiful sunny and snowy day hike around the lake. Trail was hard to follow at times and trail blazes were very helpful as we got turned around a couple of times. Stayed one night at Rogers lake. Absolutely worth the snowy trek!

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