Explore the most popular Camping 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.

on Ice Lake Trail

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

hiking
bridge out
muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
1 month ago

The trail was truly fun- it definitely had some vertical-gain challenges however, they were fairly shortly in duration compared to other trails I’ve experienced; I would classify this trail a moderate-high difficulty. The climb itself is actually fairly short compared to the “off-road” drive in; I did it in a two-wheel drive Chevrolet Uplander so it is doable. Also the very last 0.1-0.2 miles [drive] to the trail head is on road (hwy) 250 (as specified in the description), however be cognizant that that the branch off (left turn) is marked by marker stones, and a very subtle sign. The trail is clearly delineated but overgrown for the first 1+ mile. After that, the snow starts, but if you use the All Trail app, you will easily remain on trail. I highly recommend long sleeves/ pants for the first 1+mile due to the foliage growth. There were amazing signs of wildlife in the snow today: bear, deer, goat, rabbit and more, though I only saw small rodents/birds. A super fun drive-in and hike~ start early to account for the drive. Also the trailhead parking lot can take 4+ vehicles if everybody parks civilly, the bridge is still out which means there are two stream/river crossings at the beginning of the hike (both have fallen trees to walk across). Besides the little bit of overgrowth, the trail was really well kept.

backpacking
blowdown
bridge out
rocky
snow
2 months ago

The scenery was spectacular! I would recommend that people intending to backpack in the Wallowas be prepared for tough trail conditions. Because the Wallowas are granite, the trail is hard and unforgiving. I’m glad I had just purchased new cushioning insoles. The beauty of the place makes trips here extraordinary and worth some tenderfootness. Other than my sore feet, this trip was magical. I went the third weekend of September, right before standard hunting season starts and after school started. I still saw a dozen or so other people but way less than I would have if I had come in August. The night before I hit the trail, the highest part of my intended path got 8 inches of snow. So be prepared for any weather here any time. Most of the creek crossings have no bridge, including two that are each about 30 feet wide. Logs or stepping stones served me well at all creek crossings. The AllTrails App repeatedly told me I was off trail, which was a little annoying. It also said the turnoff from Frazier Lake to Glacier Lake was right before Frazier Lake. It’s right after Frazier Lake, if you’re doing the loop clockwise. So be sure to carry a paper map rather than rely exclusively on AllTrials.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

A beautiful hike with diverse terrain and views to experience along the way. I checked Rocky because there is a fairly short section that is.... well...Rocky. nothing major and not loose.

hiking
2 months ago

I was concerned about my ability to do an 18 mi hike, but decided to go for it with my husband. We don't have GPS but know how we hike . We think even though the sign says 9 mi, it's probably a little less than 8 mi each way. Talked to a guy on the trail who said his GPS going said 7.8 miles. We did it as a day hike with about 4 liters of fluids ea. Started early which was helpful with cooler temps. 3 hrs 45 minutes going. 3 hrs coming down. Coming down got tough due to heat. All worth it. Amazing views going and at the lake.

I've been hiking this trail and area for nearly 20 years. No complaints. Great trout fishing at Aneriod Lake.

Did this late August 2019. Beautiful hike, did it in 4 days. Camped at Moccasin Lake, South Fork Imnaha, and Crater Lake. Crowded only at Moccasin and Mirror lakes. Thick vegetation on last leg from Crater Lake to trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is majority of an up hill hike. I would say the first and third mile to get to the lake are uphill. This means that the first and third mile one the way back are all downhill. The views were beautiful of the trees, mountains and lake at the end. There was a path to follow the entire time. Our dogs were able to come with us, and the conditions were dog appropriate. No logs or objects were blocking the trail, any fallen trees across the trail had been cleared. The bridge in the beginning is still out as of August 25th, 2019 but there is a spot below that you can easily cross. There were no bugs at all that bothered us, which was refreshing. The drive to get to the trail was about 5 miles of rough, rocky gravel roads that takes about 40 minutes to get through in a truck. Once you turn off to get to the trial head, there are large rocks sticking out of the side of the mountain that we popped a tire on. Luckily, there was a flat area by the trail head where we were able to put on our spare tire. Besides the flat tire and 40 minute bumpy slow ride on gravel, we enjoyed the challenging hike.

we went up for the day to check out the area to see if we'd like to do more hiking in the future in the are. the lake is beautiful the hike was nice and simple and there was a couple camping sites up there.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

August 15-17. We camped the first night at Frazier Lake and the second night at Horseshoe Lake. One river crossing before Frazier Lake with a few easy options. Look for the small log upstream. Once you cross, you can locate the trail straight ahead of you (with your back to the river). The trail heads to the left. Glacier Lake is even more stunning than Frazier Lake and would recommend staying there if you have anything left in you to go a little farther after reaching Frazier Lake. Moccasin Lake and Horseshoe Lake are both amazing swimming lakes and recommend either for camping. The river crossing between Six Mile Meadow and Horseshoe Lake requires two crossings (two arms of the river). We found easy logs for one and waded through ankle deep water for the second (round pebble bottom to walk on). Only a few steps over snow, nothing worth mentioning. Wildflowers galore! One of the most stunning hikes I have done. It really starts getting beautiful after six mike meadow. Highly recommend. Enjoy!!!

hiked this trail for the first time and found it quite nice with varying terrain and great views all the way to aneroid lake. only downside is that the trail has inches of fine dust that will make you very dirty after 12 miles.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

I did this trail with my brother and brother-in-law from 7/30-8/1. Day 1: We made it 8.5 miles to Frazier lake. Beautiful area. The stars at night were unreal. I haven’t seen that number of stars since I lived in Alaska. The bugs were annoying but manageable. Saw lots of deer during the daylight and lots of yellow eyes at night. Day 2: We hiked to Glacier lake early. Would have loved to camp here on night one, but it was a little too far with an early afternoon start. We followed the trail up, detoured and went to the top of Eagle Cap. This view was worth the hike up...lots of different ways to get up. There is a trail with very little snow, but we just started hiking through the snow. The route was steady but not overly hard. I would recommend hiking poles. We ended up hiking to Horseshoe Lake for the night. We found a spot just off of the lake. Lots of campers here. Day 3: We did the final 8 miles quickly (2.5 hours). Overall a great hike. I had cheap hiking shoes and paid for it. My legs were more sore than after an ultramarathon. I switched to a pair of toe shoes. They worked really well, but I kept catching my toes on rock in the trail.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

We did this loop in 3 days. The first river crossing was very sketchy and dangerous but we survived and crossed a little farther down the river from where the trail wanted us to cross. Took the route of Frazier lake and camped the first night here. It was beautiful but so many mosquitoes. Using Deet barely helped. Plenty of camping areas this night. Took Glacier pass up to the lake and stopped for lunch. This was the most incredible part of the hike. Had to cross quit a few glacier though, so if you are afraid of heights or taking extra risk, you might want to do this hike later in the year. Second night we camped at Douglas lake. The bugs were not as bad here and the lake was also beautiful. Third day out was fairly easy. All and all we loves the hike but things you should consider to bring: Poles a must, water shoes, 2 bottle of bug spray and bear spray. We did this - 7/25-7/27

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked in for a two night stay. I thought the trail was relatively easy but long. My 12 year old son hiked it like a champ. Lots of beautiful wild flowers. The lake is breathtaking. Found a great place to get the feet wet. Definitely take the bug spray.

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