Looking for a great trail in Wallowa Whitman National Forest, Oregon? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 17 hard trails in Wallowa Whitman National Forest ranging from 5.9 to 159.5 miles and from 1,177 to 9,829 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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on Ice Lake Trail

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

hiking
bridge out
muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on a Sunday afternoon and only saw one other couple! A little steep, so keep that in mind, but well worth the view!

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
bridge out
rocky
2 months ago

washed out at 2nd river crossing. you can hike back, walk to the marina boat docks and rejoin trail there.

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
3 months ago

This is a family favorite lake. Our boys love rock jumping into the water. It is frigid tho’, even in the heat of August. The view is definitely worth the steep hike in.

If you’re going to Matterhorn take trekking poles!!! Sketchy downhill without em and you WILL fall on your butt at least once. Worth the views though

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. The views of the peaks from Hoffer Lakes were amazing! We added on the Black Lake hike onto this one, seeing a total of 5 lakes. Stopped off as we were doing the Elkhorn drive.

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

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

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
3 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
bridge out
3 months ago

My kids and I hiked this trail last October it was beautiful despite the rain, we walked to the washed out bridge and turned around. Hoping the bridge will one day be restored. It would definitely not be safe or advisable to try and cross at the waterfall especially when we went the water was raging!

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