Hurricane Creek Trail is a 19.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Joseph, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length19.1 miElevation gain2,860 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Great out and back from the Hurricane Creek trail head. Many vistas along route of Sacajawea and Matterhorn Peak. Several knee deep creek crossings that are required. Original pioneer cabins at mile 9 from the trail head.

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Rachel Micek
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4/3/2021. The trailhead was not accessable by vehicle due to snow and down trees. parked below and hiked 2.5 miles to the campground at trailhead. Not a soul on the road and it was still enjoyable to walk along the river.

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Jake Reichardt
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Snowshoeing

Snowshoed today. Parked in plowed pullout 2.2 mi from the trailhead, beyond this the road is unplowed and currently impassable due to deep snow. The Hurricane Creek Trail is awesome in sunny weather like today with the craggy peaks coming into view around you. Would have given 5 stars but the slog down the forest road is pretty boring, and with the extra 4.5 miles round trip we could only go a few miles on the trail. This trail is popular for cross country skiing also.

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Dale P
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Winter hike, came unprepared for the ice. The unpaved road to the trailhead was a little scary with no guardrail, deep channels, and packed snow tire paths. Peaceful trail along an icy creek and snow covered Forest. Mountain views peaking through the valley skyline. Encountered slick conditions on an exposed uphill and decided to turn back. Recommend microspikes and hiking poles.

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Chaundra Smith
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SnowshoeingSnow

Great snowshoe hike. We only went a few miles in and back. Beautiful views.

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Alex Ingalls
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Sara Burns
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, moderate incline, only made it 3.5 miles in to slick rock before needing to turn around, but even the 7 miles round trip was great for a day hike. Conditions on the trail were excellent, still no snow yet.

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Erin Voss
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Beautiful!

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Bob Trygg
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Awesome

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Sara Garcia
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Jordan West
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Did 2 nights backpacking out to Mirror Lake and a summit of Eagle Cap. With the summit it’s about 28-29 miles total but nothing steep or difficult. So stunning and less crowded than the route from west and east fork trails. The trail meanders and is really easy, the scenery is stunning the whole way and there is a constant water source from the steam . Keep in mind with less traffic especially that wildlife encounters are very possible. We had an encounter with a mama bear after hearing the cub as we made our way back to base camp at dusk. Helpful to make noise as you go to keep from startling them, bear spray would be wise :)

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Mariah Murray
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BackpackingFee

My 14 year old daughter, and our 11 year old German Shepard Zues did this trail this weekend. We hiked and camped for 3 days and 2 nights. It is full of wild flowers, waterfalls, and mostly follows the river. There was a ton of places for my dog to get water so we did not have to carry as much for him. You can access Douglass lake, Mirror lake, and Moccasin lake at the end of the trail. A lot of up, and down. Tons of beautiful places to stop and put your tent up at the end of the night. We had a late start the first day not arriving at the trail head until almost 3pm. We hiked roughly 7 miles and put our tent up right by the river for the night. Decided to leave our camp there and the next morning hiked into mirror lake for a bit then back to camp. Stayed another night then packed up and headed home. There is a $5 a day fee, they have the pay there option plus a visitor registration.

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Holistic David
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HikingGreat!

We did this trail from top to bottom via the lakes basin. it is an A+ trail with amazing views and extremely diverse topography and ecology.

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Kelsey Schuur
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HikingGreat!

Great trail- beautiful views, not many people on the trail.

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Holly Karstens
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Hiking

Nice trail, good views. Only went to the falls at about 3 miles

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jimmy dean
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HikingGreat!

Wildflowers are near prime right now. We only did 3.5 into slide falls, or slate falls. Low flow this time of year but great views along the way. Maybe half the trail is shade. I only Recorded my route out, but it's out and back, 7 miles and kids got overheated

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Tor Sandven
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I backpacked July 17-19 with my 11 yo son, his first time backpacking. We continued on to Mirror Lake. This was a fantastic hike! Beautiful wildflowers, amazing views of Matterhorn, Sacajawea and other snow-topped peaks, and the perfect gentle grade for my son’s first backpacking trip. We spent the first night at mile 5.5 in a nice meadow. There were probably 10 other established campsites in this area with fire pits. Feeling good about our first day, we pushed on to Mirror Lake the second day, and the view was worth the extra miles! (one more mile each way after the trail intersects the Lakes Basin Trail). Plenty of established camping spots at Mirror Lake, though like the other lakes in the regions no fires are allowed. Lots of mosquitoes at the lake, so bring repellant! As the sun was setting we snapped the perfect pic of the snow capped peaks reflected on the lake’s mirrored waters. In terms of trail conditions, there was patchy snow on the trail only on the last 3 miles. We had to take off shoes and wade Hurricane Creek twice, once at mile 5.5, and again at mile 9.5. However, on the way back we were able to make it across at mile 9.5 with mostly dry shoes by hopping rocks. There are about three creek crossings prior to mile 5.5 that require a bit of balancing on rocks or logs to stay dry. We were alone most of the trip, seeing about 5 groups the first day, three the second day, and 5 or 6 the third day. Highly recommended!

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Mire Cisneros
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Beautiful, more flowers than stars. Great view at the end and perfect place for lunch. Visit the marshy ponds for toads/frogs? jumping about. The last mile is melting snow but the trail is visible. Lots of creek crossings, lots of mosquitoes starting at mile 7. Awe inspiring view of Sacajawea and Matterhorn for those of us that have them on the list. There are some trees down in some areas, most has been cleared, a bit hasn't, but its Hurricane Creek Trail for a reason :) Partly shady, a water purifier is recommended and with the length you should have endurance or time. I would recommend the first 4 miles for the family, the rest may be a bit long and muddy. The first crossing can seem sketchy, but I've crossed it a couple of times with no issues.

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Sandra Augustin
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Wow, this is one of the most beautiful hikes I ever did. The wildflowers were in full bloom and the views were just stunningly beautiful.

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Stephanie Sipe
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WILDFLOWERS GALORE! This is my favorite trail in all of Eagle Cap Wilderness - it is a must do. Hiked from the trailhead to “upper hurricane creek” meadow on Tuesday. If the campground down the road is full to camp the night before you start hiking, there are several primitive sites near the trailhead that are great and convenient. Trail was clear of snow until just shy of the upper hurricane creek meadow about 9 miles in. It is hard packed and covers the trail so you will need some moderate “trail finding skills.” Camped at the meadow the first night and dropped down into the lakes basin area which did require some significant route modifications due to the snow on the switchbacks. Snow was still present up to mirror lake but it was clear down at Douglas Lake. Tons of fish in Douglas Lake (lots of mosquitos). Hiked down to horseshoe lake and six mile meadow, and came out at wallowa lake trailhead. Awesome loop, 100% recommend. Only passed 3 other groups of hikers the whole 4 days.

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Leo Hubbard
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This was a great over the weekend hike into the lake basin from the Hurricane Creek trail head. Be aware there is a $5 a night parking fee at the trail head. Amazing views of the mountains on the gradual hike through the valley. Many wild flowers and birds along the way. Several times you will need to cross knee deep through the river. Not hard crossings at all. We went the middle of July and still had lots of snow on top on the pass. Snow started at 6500ft.

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Joe Dougherty
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Beautiful hike with plenty of Mountain View’s, wild flowers and waterfalls. Very moderate hike with barely any switchbacks. Multiple creek crossings so be prepared. We did 12 miles in and back and it was worth it! Slick rock is a highlight but keep going for some amazing views

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Lindsey Hibbert
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I would say family friendly. hiked to slick rock gorge and back. there is a river crossing towards the start that you might want to wear water shoes or plan to balance across a log. very nice trail. lots of shade. various other stream crossings which were easy. only one really steep stretch, but very short. two switch backs and trail does get a tad gravely as you get close to slick rock gorge. lots of good places to "take a rest" if hiking with younger kids.

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