Looking for a great trail near Joseph, Oregon? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, 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 Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Joseph ranging from 4.8 to 36.2 miles and from 4,557 to 9,829 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This trail is by far my favorite hike to date. We went in early August. The trail was well defined and easy to navigate. The lake was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely worth the effort! At the lake, there was no snow as there had been in past years during this time. On our 3rd or 4th day we summited the Matterhorn. The trail was steep in parts but pretty easy to follow. Just before the summit there is a scramble but it isn't too much to handle. Overall, this trail was spectacular and I can't wait to return.

Fun! Not enough snow for snowshoes but beautiful day.

hiking
2 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.

on Ice Lake Trail

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blowdown
muddy
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snow
3 months ago

This was a FANTASTIC hike, with incredible views. At every turn there is something more to see. Went October 6, 2019, and there was snow in the woods but not on the trail. Elevation gain was steady and manageable.

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scramble
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3 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.

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3 months ago

The scenery was spectacular! I would recommend that people intending to backpack in the Wallowas be prepared for tough trail conditions. Because the Wallowas are granite, the trail is hard and unforgiving. I’m glad I had just purchased new cushioning insoles. The beauty of the place makes trips here extraordinary and worth some tenderfootness. Other than my sore feet, this trip was magical. I went the third weekend of September, right before standard hunting season starts and after school started. I still saw a dozen or so other people but way less than I would have if I had come in August. The night before I hit the trail, the highest part of my intended path got 8 inches of snow. So be prepared for any weather here any time. Most of the creek crossings have no bridge, including two that are each about 30 feet wide. Logs or stepping stones served me well at all creek crossings. The AllTrails App repeatedly told me I was off trail, which was a little annoying. It also said the turnoff from Frazier Lake to Glacier Lake was right before Frazier Lake. It’s right after Frazier Lake, if you’re doing the loop clockwise. So be sure to carry a paper map rather than rely exclusively on AllTrials.

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rocky
3 months ago

washed out at 2nd river crossing. you can hike back, walk to the marina boat docks and rejoin trail there.

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rocky
4 months ago

A beautiful hike with diverse terrain and views to experience along the way. I checked Rocky because there is a fairly short section that is.... well...Rocky. nothing major and not loose.

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
4 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!

hiking
4 months ago

I was concerned about my ability to do an 18 mi hike, but decided to go for it with my husband. We don't have GPS but know how we hike . We think even though the sign says 9 mi, it's probably a little less than 8 mi each way. Talked to a guy on the trail who said his GPS going said 7.8 miles. We did it as a day hike with about 4 liters of fluids ea. Started early which was helpful with cooler temps. 3 hrs 45 minutes going. 3 hrs coming down. Coming down got tough due to heat. All worth it. Amazing views going and at the lake.

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

hiking
4 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
4 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.

Backpacked this in a group of 4 with dogs over Labor Day weekend. Hiking up Wallowa Trail, you have great views all the way leading up to 6 mile meadow. We stopped and enjoyed lunch and some fly fishing here before continuing up to Lakes Basin. Many of the Horseshoe Lake campsites were occupied by 5pm, but continuing on there were 3 additional lakes, each with several campsites to choose from. The view from the saddle before descending into Hurricane Creek canyon was spectacular - looking back East towards Lakes Basin, looking South towards Eagle Cap and North towards Matterhorn with the meadow and stream below. Our campsites were fantastic, especially for a holiday weekend - near water, established fire rings and excellent views.

hiking
4 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.

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