Wallowa Lake East Moraine Trail is a 6.5 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 April until September.

6.5 miles
879 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no shade

1 month ago

Hiked on Sept 30: unmarked trail, no fee pass needed. Steep at the very beginning. Rocky, fairly flat terrain. Gives you birds-eye view of Joseph, Wallowa Lake, Bonneville Peak and Seven Devils. Beautiful hike -super easy and a nice unusual perspective of the lake...not a good place to be in a thunderstorm and cougars frequently are seen here during the day

nature trips
2 months ago

Trail isn’t marked—it’s across the street from a different marked nature walk, and you’ll see it by the flattened grass from people trekking up. First bit is quite steep and a little slippery, but not prohibitive. Trail winds around the lake, parallel to the highway (which at times is hidden and gives the impression of being more remote than it is). Beautiful views of the lake and surrounding land. No shade. A little monotonous.

4 months ago

Have done this hike several times, carried my daughter in the pack a couple times. My then 8 year old son did the hike and was ahead of me running the whole time!

8 months ago

This is the current Wallow Lake East Moraine Trial as determined by the City of Joseph. (2017, cite: https://www.wallowalandtrust.org/images/stories/land_protection/East-Moraine-Trails-Plan_draft.pdf). The first few hundred feet are killer on the quads as the trail boldly takes you straight up the moraine incline. As of August 2017 there was no specifically determined trail up the incline from the trailhead. We made our own switchbacks, being careful not to further erode any worn spots. Poles were mighty helpful, and certainly so coming down! Once you crest the moraine, the remaining incline is fairly gentle and allows for wonderful views of the Wallowas and Wallowa Lake. We headed up in the evening and descended westward at sunset. Very nice trail, a great scramble for kiddos, and big thanks to the City of Joseph for working to provide the public with a specific place to view the sites.

3 months ago