Looking for a great trail near Joseph, Oregon? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Wallowa Lake State Park or Minam State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Joseph ranging from 6.5 to 36.2 miles and from 4,399 to 8,359 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike. I did it completely un-prepared in casual shoes. Wouldn't recommend that at all, but this hike changed my life. Awesome views. I did this hike back in 2007, and now that I have a family, we are all planning a trip there this summer to hike even more.

super hard but one of the most amazing places i've ever been to.

An easy trail with just enough climbing to feel like you've done a bit more than go for a walk. At the top of the first hill you are greeted by one heck of a view. Path is gravel and smooth. Poop bags and garbage cans are at every entrance.

A bit of snow in the last ~200 feet. But easy to walk through in tennis shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike in these last Fall days before the snow. An easy, ever changing hike by the river up to our turn around point at Slick Rock.

Very nice hike We hiked to the falls about 6-7 miles round trip. Beautiful woods and some open meadows. Was especially nice to sit in the sun by the falls to eat lunch.

This trail has great views!

beautiful and lots of uphill.
we did it in 5 days. pretty cold as we did it the last week of September. take time to stop and look. so beautiful

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

Hiked on Sept 28. Need a NW Forest Pass. Water available (bring treatment) all along Trail to Ice Lake. Nice gradual incline and trail is well-marked. Took me 3 hours, 72 degrees and sunny. Beautiful yellow Fall foliage all along route. It is hunting season now so be aware of that and wear neon orange. Trail to Matterhorn was well-marked for first 3/4 mile, after that I was just looking for the least slippery slope. Had to stop twice to rest. Thin air and quite steep. Took me 1 1/2 hours to reach summit. Worth every step to get a 360 view of the stunning Eagle Caps! I was actually higher than some birds! This trail is not for anyone who is afraid of heights or is not in good shape. Back at car at 6:10 pm so it took me almost 10 hours with stops for photos and snacks. One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done!

Cougar sighting was posted last year .

backpacking
5 months ago

The hike up was pretty nice. The views along the way were stunning, but the lake... spectacular.

backpacking
5 months ago

An incredibly beautiful trip. We did this in three days but wished we had spent at least 5 days ! This is a great post Labor Day trip as there were not too many people. First night at 6 miles meadow was in the upper 20s but beautiful sunny days.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, just beautiful! One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. The mountains are so close and Slick Rock Falls was awesome. The three mile hike to the falls was not a very hard trek. I highly recommend!

Beautiful day!!!!

backpacking
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing. We went on Labor Day weekend and were bummed when we saw how crowded the trail head and trails were. but when we got to the lake we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves! There are lots of little coves and many camp spots all around the lake, so even when there are a lot of people there is room to spread out. We must have picked a nice time of year to visit because we didn't experience the mosquito problems others have mentioned.
If you don't backpack often and aren't used to carrying heavy packs, leave early and give yourself plenty of time for breaks. It basically gentle uphill the entire way with some slightly steeper parts near the top.
If you like fishing, this is the place. We caught one with a piece of floss and a safety pin so I'm pretty sure anyone can get something!
Ill definitely be back sometime to summit the Matterhorn and see some more of the lakes Eagle Cap has to offer!

backpacking
5 months ago

It is gorgeous here, get your camp sites on Friday before everyone else. My biggest advice for here is to bring a load of bug spray. I just bought a Thermacell unit because of my trip here. There were clouds of mosquitos. To the point where we hid in our tents and just yelled at each other from them for conversation. They were getting stuck in our lashes and snorted up our noses, it was pretty awful. Outside of the bugs, it was gorgeous. We made the trek up to Matterhorn but couldn’t go the last 100 feet. It was all skree and melting snow (we went at the end of July). We kept watching others attempt it to see if they found another way that we missed but everyone ended up turning around. It was a real bummer to not summit Matterhorn but the views were still gorgeous! I also suggest being on top of SPF here. The trail doesn’t offer much protection from the sun, not even the areas in the trees. Everyone got a bit burned, we kept sweating our sunblock off. The hike up was over cast so we didn’t realize it wasn’t as protected a trail. The hike down was 90 degrees and a cloudless sky. Everyone kept taking standing breaks under the few shade areas and drinking water. So bring a hat and get ready for the miles!

camping
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing trip, took us a little over 5 hours in. Most the elevation gain is in the last few miles of the hike, with several switch backs. The lake is breathtaking and the stars at night are worth every step.

Great hike... Insane views... High visibility.. Plenty of water opportunities.

First things first, this was an incredibly rewarding, but difficult hike. I did this hike with 2 other people in one day. We started at 5:50am and got back to the vehicle at 6:45pm. The first 4 miles are reasonable and not difficult, but once you start along the switch backs on the way to ice lake, the trail seems endless. We took a lot of breaks along the way because one of my companions hip flexor was injured. By the time we got to Ice Lake, it was 10:30. Needless to say, we were reasonably worn out and ready to eat lunch. Around 11:30am we started up the Matterhorn trail which has loose rock and some scrambling moments(especially at the last two peaks). There are 3 false peaks, so do not be fooled. JUST KEEP CLIMBING UNTIL YOU HAVE NO MORE MOUNTAIN. My companion with the injured leg made it about 1/4 the way up and decided to wait for me and my friend to make it to the peak and come back. This took about 3.5 hours all together from Ice Lake, to the peak, and back again. That is assuming you don't hang around too long on the peak. That being said, my legs were exhausted... noodles by the time we got back down to Ice Lake. The descent is really hard on your knees and ankles, so if you're someone with poor joints, don't overdo yourself.

From Ice Lake, the final descent to the parking lot toke 3 hours and 6 minutes for my friends and I.

NOTE: We could barely walk by the end of this. If we could change it we would probably have spent the night at Ice Lake and split the time up into two days. However, we didn't feel like dragging camping stuff up the mountain and slowing us down.

fishing
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing little hike. We hiked in with our fly rods and continued onto the Matterhorn that evening, eating dinner on top. It is a Great Lake to camp at and is packed wit Brooke Trout. The hiking was great and the fishing was better. About 9 miles to ice lake. Doable in 3-4 hours depending on how often you stop to look at the waterfalls and meadows filled with wildflowers.

nature trips
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

8 miles from the car park to Ice Lake heaven, 16 miles in total. It was totally amazing- both the scenery along the way and Ice Lake which was beautiful and larger than expected. Certain parts of the hike were TOUGH... loose rocks about 2/3 up and the switchbacks near the top. A full day required, with extra water and snacks recommended. LOVED it and hope to return again in the future. My feet hurt, and the beer now back at base is delicious. Cheers.

5 months ago

With 40 lb packs it took us less than five hours to reach Ice Lake. Amazing views the entire way. While steep in areas, the trail was clear and easy to hike 95% of the way. (Some small sections were composed entirely of loose rocks).
Set up camp, then hiked up Matterhorn (much more difficult) and back to Ice Lake in about three hours. (Wind really picked up, so we skipped Sacagawea)

There were two other groups of campers on Thursday, but tons of people headding up on Friday while we were heading down.

Amazing area.

We did this as a day hike. The trail was in great shape; it’s very well graded throughout so there are very few steep portions. The last mile before Frazier Lake had some larger rocks to scramble over but over all an excellent trail. Can’t wait to do the entire loop some day.

I hiked the Ice Lake Trail to Matterhorn and then did the traverse across unknown mountain 9,775 ft , then slightly to the left to continue on the Sacajawea trail. The Sacajawea trail is a scramble but worth every effort to reach the summit. I then went back to the summit of unknown mountain then came down the scree section to Ice Lake. It’s a beautiful hike with very awesome views of the Wallowa range. From Matterhorn you can see Eagle Cap and all. I recommend this hike. I went in Early August, no mosquitos and hiked it in one day. I started at 4am and was back at parking lot by 6:30pm. I took plenty of rest and took many pictures. The total milage was 22 miles.

There are some disagreements on the length; my fiancée suspects that they lengthened the switchbacks, because they were so gentle. We calculated 8.5 miles to the lake. It took us four hours to get there, but we could have been faster. It's probably better to camp at the lake and enjoy the views rather than try to do it all in a day, though a day hike is certainly possible. Beautiful mountain views, some wide grasslands, and the lake is gorgeous.

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

8/01 - 8/03: Went in to Aneroid Lake via the east fork then over Polaris Pass and up to Glacier Lake finshed through the Basin and down the west fork. Awesome trip!! Stunning scenery, Bugs a non factor, water refreshing, and fish biting!! Trails down from Polaris Pass in pretty rough shape, but worth the extra effort!!

6 months ago

Absolutely AMAZING! Worth the hike up. Got eaten alive by mosquitoes no matter what we did, but would totally do it again. The view is worth it.

Beautiful trial! Go in the early morning so you could enjoy the scenery more before you need to return down to wallowa.

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