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Lakes Basin via East Fork Lostine Trail

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Eagle Cap Wilderness

Lakes Basin via East Fork Lostine Trail is a 17.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lostine, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 17.7 mi Elevation gain 2,828 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Waypoints (8)
  • 1

    Two Pan Campground

    45.25049, -117.37631

  • 2

    Bridge

    45.24112, -117.36691

  • 3

    Campsite

    45.22640, -117.35555

  • 4

    Minam Lake

    45.18412, -117.34995

  • 5

    High Point

    45.17776, -117.33272

  • 6

    Moccasin Lake Campsite

    45.18100, -117.29974

  • 7

    Douglas Lake Campsite

    45.19576, -117.28783

  • 8

    Lee Lake Campsite

    45.19613, -117.27931

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Reviews (35)
Photos (118)
Recordings (29)
Completed (86)
Sarah Fee
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BackpackingSnow

For my first trip into the Eagle cap we attempted to hike along Lostine River June 18th. I knew it was early, we hit snow about a mile and a half in. We did our best to find the trail as it switched backed up a dangerous set of switchbacks with some slippery snow drifts. about 2 mi in we found a rock cropping that had a gorgeous view and some dry land so we camped there for the night and enjoyed the wild. wasn't sure what to expect but I definitely got my dose of wilderness, cannot wait to come back in the summer! Walk gently fellow spirits.

Bryce Pielstick
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Backpacking

Amazing trail with beautiful views. Plenty of water around.

Nicki Renee
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Hiking

I hiked this trail with my dad Aug 20-24th. There wasn't any snow left on the ground except up on Eagle Cap. The first two miles to the Meadow are up up up with lots of switch backs. The Meadow is a beautiful part of the hike. Once you're at Mirror Lake it's stunning! We camped mid-week so it wasn't too crowded. But once Friday came it turned busy! I like that my dad and I could camp out at Mirror Lake for three nights and then do day hikes all around the area. We ran into many horses, people backpacking with llamas and even a woman backpacking with six goats! It was a fun and beautiful area. I'd definitely come back again.

Tristan Ng
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Hiking

Spent 2-3 nights here almost yearly. Like the fact that there are always camp sites around and it doesn't get overcrowded like other places on the west side. Horses share the same trail so watch out for lots of horse poops around!

Kristan Kellogg
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HikingBridge outBugs

We hiked this trail on 7/18 and it was amazing! Only a few snow patches but never lost the trail. The bugs were thick in the valley but once we got to Mirror Lake they calmed down. The lake was thawed and the view amazing. We stayed by mirror lake for 3 nights and the morning we left the snow was almost completely gone. Great hike and highly recommend it!

Ken Wolcott
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Hiking

Just got back from 6 days on this trail. The bridge in the valley is out and there is still heavy snow pack up at mirror lake but it receded heavily in the 4 days we were at the lake basin. Bugs are heavy and looking to get worse for a little while but If you bring the bug nets its pure bliss up there. We did a little day hiking around the lakes and up to the passes around eagle cap. All in all the experience was incredible. Will be back. Bring warm gear for the nights and sunscreen and bug nets for the days and this place could be heaven.

Joshua Hofmann
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Backpacking

what a great trail. It was beautiful and relatively easy.

Eileen Park
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Backpacking

We only hiked in a few miles, and set up camp. At least 5 inches of snow on the ground. Recommend bringing an extra sleeping pad! Saw bobcat tracks up to our tent when we woke up.

Julia M
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Backpacking

I hiked this in August. We backpacked in and camped at Mirror Lake. It was absolutely gorgeous. There were a number of people camping at the lake, but the trail was very quiet the majority of the hike. Be prepared for thunder storms as we encountered a few during our 4 days. There are some pretty steep areas of elevation gain for the first couple miles and then again just before reaching the lake. In between, however, there is a long beautiful stretch of relatively flat hiking through the valley before the lakes.

Brad Wells
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Backpacking

Check out our video at TrailPersective on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O4jPRtO5y0 or our website at: http://trailperspective.weebly.com/ Started this trip by flying into Boise ID 7.02.2017, and started our trip 7.03.2017 after spending the night in at the Eldorado Inn in Baker City OR. (BI-Mart in Baker city has many supplies available to the Backpacker who forgets to grab items like fuel at the Boise REI). We had a backup trip planned for the Elkhorn Crest Trail in case the East Eagle - Imnaha Loop wasn't feasible. However, despite the warnings we opted to attempt the loop in Eagle Cap. On our drive from Baker City we took the shortest route via GPS, this took us on a very steep and sketchy route I would not recommend. I would recommend taking the directions listed in the various guidebooks for the area (ex: Backpacking Oregon Douglas Lorain) as it it much less steep and bumpy. Taking off from East Eagle Trailhead, we ran into the beginning of East Eagle Trail 1910 about a mile up the road. In the first ~9.5 miles to our camp at the Horton Pass/Frasier Pass junction the trail climbs from ~4500ft to ~6500ft. This means its a slow but steady 2000ft accent the entire way. The trail was almost entirely snow free with the exceptions of a few creeks running off the mountains still covered in packed snow. Reports from the ranger station in Joseph claimed significant snow 4-6 miles into most trails. However, east eagle was almost completely snow free until about 11 miles in. The video shows our attempt to ford east eagle creek to reach Hidden Lake but we became uncomfortable & almost instantly numb by the thigh high water. On day 2 we traveled up Horton Pass and spent the night near Mirror lake. The 2,000ft climb up Horton Pass was make difficult about the 12 mile mark with slopey snow covered trails not visible without GPS. We were fine with spikes and trekking poles until the last pitch of the pass. At this last portion we broke out the ice axes due to the possibility of a dangerous fall. Once at the top of Horton Pass, we ignorantly glissaded and butt-saded down the other side toward the lakes basin about 1000ft despite the entire basin being covered in snow. This turned out to be our biggest mistake. When arriving in the Lakes Basin Area, we realized that the hiking was extremely difficult due to several feet of very pitted snow. We made the call to turnaround at Mocassin Lake. The reason being that we were unsure of conditions ahead at Glacier Pass and we didn't want to be stuck in a worse situation if we had to turn around further into the hike. So we searched and found what seemed like the only melted out campsite at Mirror Lake. The 3rd day was a nervewracking journey back up to Horton Pas (scariest part for me) with axes and spikes. We ended up making the entire journey back to the trailhead the same day with hopes of having time to hike a bit of the Elkhorn Crest Trail. All in all, this was only 27 miles but is was a brutal 27. The heavy snowpack this year indeed lived up to the hype. I would not recommend the unprepared hiker to make the journey all the way up to Horton Pass (I would stop at first significant snow on the pass). And for the prepared hikers who can make it up the pass, I would not recommend the Lakes Basin unless you are experienced and confident on heavy snow. The snow was packed like concrete with only the occasional posthole. Regards,

Brad Wells
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Backpacking

Check out our trip on TrailPerspective on YouTube.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O4jPRtO5y0

Julia Kenkel
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Backpacking

My friends and I did the 41 mile Eagle Cap Wilderness Loop trail and it was stunning! There are multiple lakes and streams along the trail so water should never be an issue, and the meadows are perfect for setting up camp.

Saira Siddiqui
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Best views I've ever seen. West Fork Lostine trail to Moccasin Lake. Set up camp and walk the loop to all the other lakes. Great views of the Matterhorn. Day two wake up early and summit Eagle Cap. You will not be sorry. On the way back cross the divide and see a whole new set of lakes. Hike out through East Fork Lostine. Surreal...

Chet Boyce
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Hiking

Spent a week here on two different occasions. Absolutely gorgeous area. I highly recommend it to others.

Bob Wharton
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Hiking

Spent the whole summer here

Trevor Gassaway
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Hiking

Did a 50-miler up there (took 20 miles off due to time constraints) and it was absolutely stunning. By far one of the best hikes I've ever been on. My one complaint though is that on the opposite side of the lakes region over Eagle Cap, the trail isn't very well marked, probably because it's not quite as popular. If you have a GPS with you then you should be fine. Would highly recommend this trail.

Joe Smith
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Hiking

My friend Matt and I hiked East Eagle to Hidden Lake camped there and Hiked up to the top of Eagle Cap. It is just beautiful! We spent four days in the area. Can't wait to hike the rest of the Mtn Lakes! Rocky and steep in spots but very doable!

Barrett Byers
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Hiking
First to Review

The Eagle cap wilderness is one of the best high mountain trail systems Oregon has to offer. The views are spectacular and only the rugged should venture up the trail. The trail is steep in places and very rocky in others. The weather is also very unpredictable, ranging from 80 degrees daytime to morning frost on the ground in late August.

Greg W.
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Hiking
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Soy Sizzle
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Robert Ac
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Travis N
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Christopher Jenkins
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Christopher Jenkins
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jasson ediger
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Kristan Kellogg
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Matt Brown
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Georgia Miller
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Grace Montgomery
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