hiking
off trail
over grown
scramble
5 days ago

I don’t think this map with very accurate. I had to scramble most my way down. The trail was overgrown. It was still fun though.

A nice hike close to Joseph with some of the best views of Wallowa Lake, Chief Joseph Mountain and beautiful Bonneville Mountain. Initial stretch of the trail is fairly steep but not too long, the rest is fairly easy, though rocky in parts. No shade. The private property starts 2.1 miles in from the Joseph trailhead.

AMAZING views. Definitely a killer hike but so worth it. Didn’t make it to the mine, too much snow at the top to see where the trail was. It’s a pretty thin trail. Ended up going off trail and exploring on the way back down. The trail the map shows is not accurate, there are way more switchbacks at the beginning than it shows. Would definitely do the hike again!!

Aneroid lake, a lot of remaining snow

Hiked along the West Fork Trail with a detour down the BC falls spur and a half mile or so up Ice Lake Trail (i.e., far short of the full 24-mile trek). Patches of snow along the West Fork Trail but Ice Lake Trail was clear as far as we hiked (and looked clear all the way to the first false peak). The West Fork Trail closely follows the roaring West Fork River. The BC falls spur is definitely worth the quick detour for the small falls but beautiful, rocky gully.

Starting on the Joseph end, which has a pull-out with free parking, the trail starts with a short but steep climb up the moraine on Lake Wallowa's east side. The rest of the hike follows the top of the moraine and is mostly flat, though quite rocky. Excellent views of Lake Wallowa, Bonneville Mountain and Chief Joseph Peak. The stark contrast between the eastern (farm plains) and southwestern (Wallowa Lake and Mountains) views are notable as well. On this beautiful April 28, 2020, Balsamorhiza sagittata patches were forming and Purple Indian Paintbrush were not far behind. (Hiked just over a mile today but will be back to finish.)

hiking
1 month ago

The trail runs along Hurricane Creek, though most of the time it can only be heard. Mixture of open areas and groves of trees. Excellent views of Sacajawea Peak along the way. A good number of snow patches still covered the trail leading to Slick Rock in late April. Deep snow from an avalanche in the gully by Slick Rock blocked further progress down the trail.

Short trail with a duck pond and some creek crossings between Joseph, Oregon and Wallowa Lake. You can walk around the pond but not along Wallowa River or Wallowa Lake. Update: Note the the trail has officially reopened.

Perfect trail to do for the coronavirus

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Great hike, enough to stretch the legs and get some steps in. Lots of birds. Would be great for kids too, easy and entertaining.

I've been dying to see how the Wallowas have fared after these last few weeks of snowfall. I saw one clear day forecasted and jumped. The drive from the Trip-Cities to Wallowa Lake was absolutely stunning if only a little bit hairy due to all of the snow in the mountain pass. I could hardly believe my luck when I arrived at the lake and saw the blue water framed by those dramatic and snowy peaks, and sun! There were only a few cars parked at the Wallowa Lake trailhead, but it was later in the morning at that point so some folks had already broken trail for me. I snowshoed several miles up to the junction to Ice Lake and a little bit beyond to the wooden bridge crossing. The snow became too soft and deep here, and my snowshoes were sinking down a few feet with every step. The bridge also looked a bit treacherous (I could hardly see it under all that snow!) and I decided to turn back towards the trailhead. If I had more time I may have attempted the bridge and further, but these short winter days make daylight adventuring a little more difficult! I took my dog on this trek and she had a blast bounding through the deepest, fluffiest snow she could find. All in all a pretty fantastic day - the river was especially beautiful and I can't wait to try this again this winter. Enjoy the Wallowas while it's still a bit of the hidden gem that it is!

Fun! Not enough snow for snowshoes but beautiful day.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! I've hiked it in both the summer and late fall. The trail is well maintained. Make sure to bring cash $5 for a day use fee.

This trail was one to remember. Some solid incline with beautiful views every step of the way. It’s not for anyone who’s out of shape however. The conditions were sunny and a slight bit of snow at the top of the hike. Tiring but a great way to spend the day.

hiking
scramble
snow
8 months ago

Like others have said, make sure you have multiple maps (trail and topo map). We missed the creek crossing in the beginning, but after looking at a topo map I bushwhacked the ridge to the trail. If you plan to do this in one day, prepare. The mileage can range from 13.5 to 16 depending on your route. Bring a water purifier or lifestraw to save weight (depending on time of year, water may be murky. If you plan to stay over night, the meadow prior to the final push is worth it. I will coming back to do such. Beware, there is snow at 8300 feet and the local forecast calls for more this week. The peak trail is steep switchback central, so plan accordingly. I'm the trail -1 purely because of the initial poor trail.

My wife and I hiked this all the way to Legore Lake in September 2014. It was our first extreme hike. I’m not kidding about this hike, it is stupid tough. It is a 20% grade, around 4100’ elevation change in 4 miles. The last mile or so, we were going over boulders as big as cars. We did see mountain goats at the top, which were impressive. I believe the peak is around 9100’ before you drop down into the lake. The views are a one-of-a-kind beautiful and just breathtaking. The hike was a bit eerie, though because we were the only ones on it. Descending was the worst part. It was like trying to walk on marbles practically the whole way down. Our legs were sore for about two weeks afterwards, but it was worth it!

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

A perfect way to start your morning! It’s an easy walk in the park feel, dogs must be kept on leash or you can be ticketed. There’s a pond for fishing, and a stream for kids or dogs to play in.

hiking
8 months ago

My sister and I hiked about 4 miles of it today, wasn’t busy at all, no bugs, and brought our two dogs who had the best time!

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

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous, so worth doing! We hiked a little beyond slick rock (around 9, slick rock is probably 8 out & back) as day hike but beautiful & really enjoyed it!

hiking
9 months ago

13.4 is not accurate. Closer to 15+ and that last mile uphill will test your will and determination. Amazing 360 degree views and worth the doms. I would recommend you set up camp in a meadow instead of doing the whole trail in one day like I did, that way you can walk the ridge to Matterhorn and take time to enjoy the summit. The trail is easily lost, cross the river about 2 miles in at the log crossing, walk into the white rocks to rejoin the trail and look for cairns, load up on water before you start climbing. Not a lot of wildlife, but beautiful hike nonetheless.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked 8-20-19. A classic mountain ascent. Began around 6:45am. Like others have stated, the turn for the peak trail is easy to miss. If you aren’t able to follow a map, know that about two miles in, there is a triangular intersection where a log pole has been laid across the trail (and sunk into it as if it was a step). Turn left there and cross the creek. There are a few logs laid across as a bridge a little ways back (flow was little more than ankle deep when I crossed anyways). From there it’s fairly easy as far as navigation. Once you reach the upper meadows where the brooks are flowing, you may need to find the trail again, but it’s quite easy. If you miss where it leads off to the right, just keep following the streams up, then head up to the right where it looks like a human would logically keep going up. You’ll meet up with the trail again. Skirts around the mountain and goes up the side of the cirque. Steep gravel and rock. Only one or two slightly sketchy spots. The trek down actually wasn’t as awful as I thought it’d be, though my quads are still faintly sore 5 days later. I wasn’t rushing anything, and I dawdled with a ridge line walk toward Matterhorn, but returned to the car before 3pm.

Did a day hike up Matterhorn in September. It took about 9 miles to get to Ice Lake and the ascend to the peak after that was brutal. The last section were all loose scree and a bit sketchy. At the top you could see sweeping views of the Wallowas, Eagle Cap, Sacagawea Peak etc. If you have time you could also head towards Sacajawea Peak from the top of Matterhorn. Just follow the ridgeline with some scrambles for another mile or so. All in all, a great hike!

hiking
over grown
scramble
9 months ago

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