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hiking
1 month ago

This is around 8 miles round trip, not 6. If you're in good shape, it's a moderate incline. If not, be prepared for a strenuous, relentless uphill hike. Lakes are gorgeous, and if you're lucky, you'll see some mountain goats along the way. If you have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle, it's easier to head up Marble Creek from Baker and start from the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Elevation gain is around 2000', but besides that, a lovely short hike. Great for snowshoeing during the winter, although you'll need snowshoes with large spikes/teeth for some areas where the snow slides off the side of the mountains

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome hike. I averaged a 14-min mile and went 10-miles. It was snowing when I did it on October 5 so I missed the trail taking you to the lakes. I stayed right and ended up taking hitch backs for and extra 1.5ish miles. Snow got too bad so I turned around and ran the trail down. Incline most of the way, I had a total of 2,988-feet of elevation gain. Saw some white tail deer. Good combination of hearing the stream in the first 2 miles and views of the valley intermittently miles 2.5-5 as you head up.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike was great went about a week ago. steep incline all the way but with brakes here and there totally doable by any age. Had the Lake completely to ourselves. An older couple turned back and missed a great experience, just keep going!!

beautiful and lots of uphill.
we did it in 5 days. pretty cold as we did it the last week of September. take time to stop and look. so beautiful

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!

A group of us ages 4-64 went up middle of August. For decently active people it’s an easy out and back trail with a beautiful lake as a destination point! Jumped in to cool off and swim and went back down. All within 2.5 hours! The trail is a little steep at times.

backpacking
1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month ago

An incredibly beautiful trip. We did this in three days but wished we had spent at least 5 days ! This is a great post Labor Day trip as there were not too many people. First night at 6 miles meadow was in the upper 20s but beautiful sunny days.

Beautiful day!!!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing. We went on Labor Day weekend and were bummed when we saw how crowded the trail head and trails were. but when we got to the lake we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves! There are lots of little coves and many camp spots all around the lake, so even when there are a lot of people there is room to spread out. We must have picked a nice time of year to visit because we didn't experience the mosquito problems others have mentioned.
If you don't backpack often and aren't used to carrying heavy packs, leave early and give yourself plenty of time for breaks. It basically gentle uphill the entire way with some slightly steeper parts near the top.
If you like fishing, this is the place. We caught one with a piece of floss and a safety pin so I'm pretty sure anyone can get something!
Ill definitely be back sometime to summit the Matterhorn and see some more of the lakes Eagle Cap has to offer!

This definitely wasn’t an accurate depiction of the trail. Entirely up hill and closer to 5 miles rather than 3. Rock creek butte trail seemed like a closer fit and same exact directions rather than this one.

backpacking
2 months ago

It is gorgeous here, get your camp sites on Friday before everyone else. My biggest advice for here is to bring a load of bug spray. I just bought a Thermacell unit because of my trip here. There were clouds of mosquitos. To the point where we hid in our tents and just yelled at each other from them for conversation. They were getting stuck in our lashes and snorted up our noses, it was pretty awful. Outside of the bugs, it was gorgeous. We made the trek up to Matterhorn but couldn’t go the last 100 feet. It was all skree and melting snow (we went at the end of July). We kept watching others attempt it to see if they found another way that we missed but everyone ended up turning around. It was a real bummer to not summit Matterhorn but the views were still gorgeous! I also suggest being on top of SPF here. The trail doesn’t offer much protection from the sun, not even the areas in the trees. Everyone got a bit burned, we kept sweating our sunblock off. The hike up was over cast so we didn’t realize it wasn’t as protected a trail. The hike down was 90 degrees and a cloudless sky. Everyone kept taking standing breaks under the few shade areas and drinking water. So bring a hat and get ready for the miles!

camping
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing trip, took us a little over 5 hours in. Most the elevation gain is in the last few miles of the hike, with several switch backs. The lake is breathtaking and the stars at night are worth every step.

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.

fishing
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing little hike. We hiked in with our fly rods and continued onto the Matterhorn that evening, eating dinner on top. It is a Great Lake to camp at and is packed wit Brooke Trout. The hiking was great and the fishing was better. About 9 miles to ice lake. Doable in 3-4 hours depending on how often you stop to look at the waterfalls and meadows filled with wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

8 miles from the car park to Ice Lake heaven, 16 miles in total. It was totally amazing- both the scenery along the way and Ice Lake which was beautiful and larger than expected. Certain parts of the hike were TOUGH... loose rocks about 2/3 up and the switchbacks near the top. A full day required, with extra water and snacks recommended. LOVED it and hope to return again in the future. My feet hurt, and the beer now back at base is delicious. Cheers.

2 months ago

With 40 lb packs it took us less than five hours to reach Ice Lake. Amazing views the entire way. While steep in areas, the trail was clear and easy to hike 95% of the way. (Some small sections were composed entirely of loose rocks).
Set up camp, then hiked up Matterhorn (much more difficult) and back to Ice Lake in about three hours. (Wind really picked up, so we skipped Sacagawea)

There were two other groups of campers on Thursday, but tons of people headding up on Friday while we were heading down.

Amazing area.

We did this as a day hike. The trail was in great shape; it’s very well graded throughout so there are very few steep portions. The last mile before Frazier Lake had some larger rocks to scramble over but over all an excellent trail. Can’t wait to do the entire loop some day.

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
2 months ago

Nice family hike from Anthony Lake up to Hoffer Lakes. Trail runs alongside a creek, crosses a couple of simple bridges, and has a small waterfall up near the lakes, all of which were fun for the kids and the dog.

Completed this trail over four days, camping at the base of Horton pass, Little Frazier Lake, and Crater Lake. Weather was beautiful and there were virtually no bugs, with the exception of some bees around Crater Lake. The only real issue was dealing with some smoke on the 23rd. Coming down Little Kettle Creek through the lower switchbacks was extremely over grown with brush and there was almost as many piles of bear crap as there was switchbacks, but we didn't see any.

There are some disagreements on the length; my fiancée suspects that they lengthened the switchbacks, because they were so gentle. We calculated 8.5 miles to the lake. It took us four hours to get there, but we could have been faster. It's probably better to camp at the lake and enjoy the views rather than try to do it all in a day, though a day hike is certainly possible. Beautiful mountain views, some wide grasslands, and the lake is gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

Hike was a bit more tough for us who don’t hike often, but was 100% worth it! The lake was gorgeous!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike!! There are no switchbacks on this trail so the majority of the hike is on an incline. It is totally worth it though the views of the lake once you reach the top are breathtaking. I camped there overnight and got to see a couple deer and plenty of birds and little chipmunks!! Definitely will be doing this hike again!

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike with some incline for most of way up but not too difficult overall. There are some flat areas in between with a great meadow and two lakes up top of the hike. It is 4 miles up and not 3.1 like trail says so be prepared to walk a little longer and it’s worth it.

backpacking
3 months 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!!

3 months ago

Absolutely AMAZING! Worth the hike up. Got eaten alive by mosquitoes no matter what we did, but would totally do it again. The view is worth it.

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

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