Hikes near joseph oregon

Hikes near joseph oregon DEFAULT

East Fork Trail (Wallowa Lake Trailhead)

east fork trail aneroid roger lakes

This steep trail accesses the main destinations of Aneroid Lake and Tenderfoot Pass. Its popularity is somewhat limited because of its arduous nature, making it the perfect trail for the fit and those who enjoy a little extra tranquility.

Access it from the Wallowa Lake Trailhead by going left (follow the sign) up the old service road. After a waterfall and what seems like dozens of switchbacks you’ll come upon the pond that powers the hydro station below. Whew… you’ve made it two miles and you still aren’t actually in designated wilderness. From there on out the journey seems less severe, although you are still quickly climbing until you reach an area of big rocks that many stop at for a rest. Some consider this halfway, but you are now at the 4 mile mark and from here on out things are a little more level- not that it would matter: the scenery is breathtaking and it is full of surprises around almost every corner.

You’ll finally pass a little shallow pond called Roger Lake and in a few minutes you’ll enter above Aneroid Lake where most will finish their journey. Just before that point you’ll see a trail to the right (and possibly a sign) that directs you to several good camping areas.

If you stopped at Aneroid Lake, you’d be amply rewarded, but, if you have the time and energy you’d be truly amazed by the journey and destination to Tenderfoot Pass. This is 'High Alpine' at its finest: you'll know what it’s like ‘Living in a Postcard.’

From the pass you could summit Pete’s Point or search for seashell fossils on Dollar Ridge. Discover the tiny Jewett or Dollar Lakes or take a longer side trip to Bonny Lakes. The Tenderfoot trail connects to Polaris Pass and down to the Lakes Basin. It also connects to the Imnaha trail down to Indian Crossing.

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Chief Joseph Trail (Wallowa Lake Trailhead)

chief joseph trail bridge

This is a trail that can be made short or long as you like and offers great views of Wallowa Lake within the first mile.

Take the West Fork trail at the Wallowa lake Trailhead and continue to the Chief Joseph Trail junction about 1/4 mile ahead. Go left upriver to the bridge and after a short distance the trail switchbacks to the north where you’ll find views of the lake. At a little over a half-mile you’ll encounter BC Falls, which used to have a bridge (until it was washed out). Depending on the water flow this may or may not be where your journey ends. If not, the trail continues on for another miles to a meadow in a saddle at the base of Chief Joseph Mountain at ’.

Be on the lookout for Pica, Mountain Goats, Mule Deer and the occasional Elk. Rubber Boa's and Western Toads are often found on the lower trail as well.

This is an extraordinary spot with possibilities to explore or summit. Wildflowers abound in mid-June and the alpine setting will have you feeling like you should be singing in a musical. The views are awesome making it very hard to leave.

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Tenderfoot Trailhead and Trails

tenderfoot trail bonny lakes

If you’re planning on hiking the Eagle Cap but haven’t quite got your hiking legs on, a little known shortcut into the mountains is the Tenderfoot Trailhead. Right from the start, you’re almost ’ higher (at ’) than any of the other local trailheads and it’s just miles to Bonny Lakes, a beautiful destination. From there you have you have opportunities to explore other features that are close by, making this a great option for day hikers or for overnight campers looking for an easier way into wilderness.

From Bonny Lakes, you can go another 2 miles where the trail intersects with the Aneroid Lake (East Fork) Trail # From that intersection, going north about a mile will take you to Aneroid Lake; south will take you to Tenderfoot Pass- an incredible alpine experience where you’ll pear into the vast Imnaha Drainage. You could hike to the top of Pete’s Point, elevation ’, or Dollar Ridge, where fossilized seashells can be found at the top of a mountain!

This area is lightly used, so you’ll experience a solitary peacefulness that is completely timeless outside of the rhythms of nature.

Be sure to spend some time discovering the two unique small lakes, Jewett and Dollar- they can also provide a warmer swimming hole later in the summer.

All along this route you’ll find yourself feeling like your living in a postcard, so don't forget your camera.

A possible option for hikers is to be dropped off at this trailhead to hike the 14 miles back down to Wallowa Lake. Along this path you’ll experience most of the features that the Eagle Cap is so loved for.

Driving Distance- Joseph to Tenderfoot Trailhead: 24 miles- figure about 35 mph average speed for under one hour in transit. Be sure to check your fuel at Joseph – your traveling into wilderness and you’ll find no services beyond this point and cell service is very spotty (you may get some service at high points along the trail).

Driving Directions: From Wallowa Lake head back to Joseph (about 6 miles); In Joseph turn left (East) on Oregon State (to Imnaha) for about 8 miles to the Wallowa Loop Road; Turn right on the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (also known as the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway); Travel on this paved road which eventually becomes Forest Road 39 for about 10 miles to Salt Creek Summit; Continue on past Salt Creek Summit on Forest Road 39 for 3 miles and turn right on the gravel Forest Road # and go 3 miles to the end of the road to the trailhead. Road #1oo is narrow, bumpy and rocky- be sure to check your spare!

Amenities: The parking lot is large but has no other facilities (no toilet). The lot requires no fee, although you’ll need to fill out a permit (free) available at the site before you enter the wilderness.

See the Bonny Lakes Panorama

See the Dollar Ridge Panorama

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McCully Trailhead and Trails

mcully trailhead mt howard view

Another great trailhead into the Eagle Cap is found just a short drive away. It offers two possibilities (actually three). One is to take the fairly gradual trail into the beautiful McCully Basin, about 5 miles and gaining ’. The other is to follow the tram service road up the back side of Mt. Howard for miles up to the top tramway station, gaining ’ in the hike.

Both treks couldn’t be more different: one takes you along a shady creek into a glacial cirque surrounded by mountains; the other runs right up the ridge to the top of a mountain. It really depends on what you’re willing to work for as both are beautiful in their own ways. These routes are open to both horses and hikers. The service road up to Howard is open to bicycles as well, making the return trip a breeze.

As the third option, if you were dropped off, you could just ride the tram back down to the lake (be sure to purchase your ticket first).

Driving Distance- Joseph to McCully Trailhead: About 11 miles- figure about 40 mph average speed or about 30 minutes in transit.

Driving Directions: From Joseph head east on Oregon State (to Imnaha) and go for about 5 miles to Tucker Down Road (to Ferguson Ski Area); Turn right on Tucker Down Road (County Road ) and go 3 miles over the cattle guard where the road then becomes Forest Road ; Continue on Forest Road for about miles- the road forks; Take the right fork onto Forest Road and go miles to trailhead entrance on your right.

Amenities: The parking lot is large and has a vault toilet. The lot requires a NW Forest Pass or you can leave a parking fee. If you are traveling into the wilderness (McCully Basin is, Howard is not) you’ll need to fill out a wilderness permit (free) available at the site for your group.

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Hurricane Creek Trailhead and Trails

hurricane creek trail sacajawea peak

The second most popular trailhead (after the Wallowa Lake Trailhead) is located just a short country drive away.

The trailhead at Hurricane Creek offers a fairly gradual way into the Eagle Cap and has majestic mountain views within the first mile that only get better the farther you hike. It follows along the creek to open meadows where Mountain Goats are often spotted along the ridges above.

After the two meadows, the canyon narrows and climbs high over Hurricane Creek along cliffs that overlook pools and waterfalls (keep a leash handy for your dog and watch your kids).

The trail is a favorite for those making their way to the Lakes Basin, some 10 miles away, but is primarily used by day hikers and runners in their mile round-trip journey to Slick Rock Creek. You can also find good places to camp along the creek in the first few miles, making this a great option for those just getting into backpack wilderness camping.

Driving Distance- Joseph to Hurricane Trailhead: About 13 miles- figure about 30 mph average speed or about 30 minutes in transit- stay under mph on the forest road after the bridge (it’s narrow with blind corners).

Driving Directions: From Joseph, Oregon go west on Airport Lane for about miles and the road becomes Hurricane Creek Road; Continue on Hurricane Creek Road for another miles to the white Hurricane Creek Grange; Turn left at the Grange onto County Road (becomes Forest Road ) and go about miles to trailhead. The road becomes narrow with turnouts and is not recommended for RVs.

Amenities: The parking lot is large and has a vault toilet. Has a loading ramp and posts for tying stock. The lot requires a NW Forest Pass or you can leave a parking fee and you’ll need to fill out a wilderness permit (free) available at the site for your group.

See the Goat Meadows Panorama

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West Fork to Ice Lake (Wallowa Lake Trailhead)

ice lake trail

Ice Lake is one of the most outstanding and loved locations in the Eagle Cap. Even though the location is just under 8 miles from the Wallowa Lake Trailhead, the last 5 miles involves numerous switchbacks over rocky ground and gains ’ in elevation. The trail climbs, unbelievably, right up a rockslide and up through sub-alpine into alpine, making the journey both beautiful and interesting as well. As you climb to the top, a large waterfall presents itself as you make the final accent into the large cirque that cradles Ice Lake (el ’). While this strenuous journey can be made round-trip in a day, your feet will be far happier if you camp and spend a few days relaxing, fishing or exploring the many peaks that surround this unforgettable destination.

  • Check the local fishing stores for bait or dry-fly recommendations.
  • Be Well Prepared: If you stay overnight, check the weather and understand that that the mountains make their own: you can absolutely be snowed on in July.
  • Load your star chart: Stars from this location will blow you away!
  • Note to Horseback Riders: This location has almost zero forage for horses- be prepared to pack in weed-free local hay or pellets if you’re staying overnight. Also, check your horses’ shoes and pack at least one easy-boot per horse- this trail is rocky- anything less-than-perfect or older shoeing will most likely fail.

View the Ice Lake Panorama

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BC Falls Overlook (Wallowa Lake Trailhead)

bc creek fallsYou don’t have to go far to find something spectacular around Joseph. Start at the Wallowa Lake Trailhead and head up the West Fork Trail (#) on the right. Go about ¼ mile to where the trail forks and go right at that fork. In just a few feet you’ll see that the main trail follows left in about the same direction (upstream) that you were going at the fork, but if you want to see the falls, you’ll need to follow the less-used trail to the right (downstream, in the opposite direction of the main Chief Joseph Trail).

As you proceed down river you’ll come across many spectacular (and scary) overlooks on the river below- keep going and you’ll find where BC Creek merges with the West Fork to create an exceptional waterfall. Behind you, towards the lake, will be a little knob, climb it and get ready for great pictures of Wallowa Lake. This trail has cliffs along the way, and even though the trail is wide and safe, you don’t have to stray far to find real danger- please leash your dog and keep an eye on your little ones.

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West Fork Trail (Wallowa Lake Trailhead)

west fork wallowa river

The popular West Fork Wallowa River Trail (#) provides a primary gateway into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. It travels gradually upriver into all the regions that define area, including the always-popular Lakes Basin. While the initial visual rewards are a little slow in coming, it offers a warm-up for the less-fit with its gentle grade- while the fit can proceed on to the incredible features up the Ice Lake Trail and beyond. It works well for day hikers, trail runners, backpackers and horseman.

Six Mile Meadow and Beyond

As the name implies- six miles up the West Fork is where you’ll find a meadow- a beautiful and expansive one. You’ll follow the river in sub-alpine forest that winds its way through varied plant communities and past numerous springs, wildflowers and mountain views. At about the three mile mark, it’s worth the short diversion to the footbridge that goes to Ice Lake as the river is quite beautiful there. All in all, the trail gains just ’ to the meadow, making this one of the easier hikes of the area.

Beyond this you’re presented with two choices that lead you into the Lakes Basin- you could stay the trail, gaining ‘ in 4 miles ending up at Frances and Glacier Lake. Or, you can cross the footbridge (Trail #) over the river and proceed, steeply at times, another miles (gaining ’) into the Lakes Basin at Horseshoe Lake. The latter is the more popular choice since it puts you into the main area with most of the lakes. The Lakes Basin has special rules- please read and understand them (posted at all trail entrances).

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The Wallowa Lake Trailhead

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The Wallowa Lake Trailhead is at the end of Hwy 82, just 7 miles south of Joseph, Oregon. This is where you'll find the main local trailhead into Oregon's Largest Wilderness, The Eagle Cap. If you thought this area was beautiful from the outside, entering the wilderness will simply blow you away!

The Eagle Cap is a true National Treasure, one that still affords unparalleled peace and quiet; a rare quality in today's world.

The Chief Joseph Trail, the Aneroid Lake (East Fork) Trail, and the West Fork Trail are the three main paths into wilderness from the Wallowa Lake area. Three other popular trails, Chief Joseph,  BC Falls and Ice Lake branch from the West Fork Trail. Each provides the opportunity to day hike, trail run, horseback or backpack to one's own ability. Easily reached vistas, wildflowers, and stunning mountain views are readily available for the casual hiker from this busy trailhead.

The 'Little Alps' state day-use area is adjacent with restrooms and picnic tables to provide a shady resting area before or after your hike.

The trailhead includes a large turn-around with plenty of parking and a horse ramp and tying posts for stock.

This is one of the few trailheads that does not require a NW park pass for parking as it is at the end of Hwy You'll still need to fill out a wilderness permit (free)- those are self-issue and are found at all the trailheads.

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chief joseph trail bridge

This is a trail that can be made short or long as you like and offers great views of Wallowa Lake within the first mile.

Take the West Fork trail at the Wallowa lake Trailhead and continue to the Chief Joseph Trail junction about 1/4 mile ahead. Go left upriver to the bridge and after a short distance the trail switchbacks to the north where you’ll find views of the lake. At a little over a half-mile you’ll encounter BC Falls, which used to have a bridge (until it was washed out). Depending on the water flow this may or may not be where your journey ends. If not, the trail continues on for another miles to a meadow in a saddle at the base of Chief Joseph Mountain at ’.

Be on the lookout for Pica, Mountain Goats, Mule Deer and the occasional Elk. Rubber Boa's and Western Toads are often found on the lower trail as well.

This is an extraordinary spot with possibilities to explore or summit. Wildflowers abound in mid-June and the alpine setting will have you feeling like you should be singing in a musical. The views are awesome making it very hard to leave.

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Here are seven wonderful hikes in the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness Area of northeast Oregon, in Wallowa, Baker and Union counties.

This is No. 6 of seven in a daily series on seven hikes, as chosen by Terry Richard, in Travel Oregon's 7 Wonders of Oregon advertising campaign.

The 7 Wonders of Oregon (and the day they are featured this week) are Smith Rock (Sunday), Columbia River Gorge (Monday), Mount Hood (Tuesday), Painted Hills (Wednesday), Oregon coast (Thursday), Wallowa Mountains (Friday) and Crater Lake (Saturday).

Best hiking in the Wallowa Mountains (with links below to other areas):

Eagle Cap summit: The Wallowas are best approached as a backpacking range, because it takes days to reach the best places and have the time to enjoy the experience. That said, it's possible to hike to the 9,foot summit of Eagle Cap, at the heart of the range, in a day from Two Pan trailhead. Plan for a mile, 4,foot day.

Mount Howard: The easiest way to see the high peaks of the Wallowas is to take the Wallowa Lake Tramway 3, feet up to the summit of 8,foot Mount Howard. Hike the short nature trail, or hike the ridge south all the way to 9,foot Aneroid Mountain.

Chief Joseph Mountain: This is the "in-your-face" mountain, as seen south from Enterprise and Joseph. The trail begins near the state park boat ramp, but peters out well before the summit, though you can scramble to the 8,foot top.

Hurricane Creek: This trail south of Enterprise follows a creek well beneath the monarchs of the range, 9,foot Sacajawea and foot Matterhorn (a forest fire burned in here in mid-July, closing the trail).

Bonney Lakes: An eastern approach into the Wallowas quickly gets hikers into the scenic Bonney Lake south of Aneroid Mountain.

Summit Point: The southern trailhead offers one of the highest starts in the range (6, feet) and gives great views of Red Mountain (9, feet, highest in Baker County) from near Crater Lake.

China Cap: The easy-to-recognize 8,foot summit on the range's southwest side is perhaps the easiest day hike summit to reach, with good views of the highest peaks.

Next: Crater Lake (Saturday).

Links to the wonders:

Crater Lake National Park,seven great hikes at one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (photos)

Wallowa Mountains, seven great hikes into one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (photos)

Oregon coast, seven great hikes along one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (photos)

Painted Hills, seven great hikes around one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (photos)

Mount Hood, seven great hikes around one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (photos)

Columbia River Gorge, seven great hikes in one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (photos)

Smith Rock State Park, seven great hikes in one of 7 Wonders of Oregon (with neighbors); photos

Here are links to other things I've written about the Wallowas and surrounding area:

Wallowa County is Oregon's summer playground, plan that adventure now (photos)

Wallowas backpack trip offers photographer Jamie Francis chance to shoot stars (photos)

Cusick Mountain summit well worth long, remote trip in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness (video)

Glacier Mountain in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness has elusive summit (video)

Zumwalt Prairie: Eastern Oregon show

Zumwalt Prairie in northeast Oregon designated National Natural Landmark

Joseph employs bronze statues to focus attention on beauty of northeast Oregon (my travel story on Joseph published last year)

Wallowa Mountains in photos show why they are among '7 Wonders of Oregon' (photos)

Wallowa County is Oregon's summer playground, plan that adventure now (photos)

Joseph Canyon's depths receive rare visitor, down/up in hours

Joseph Canyon has trail to bottom on Nez Perce land

-- Terry Richard

Sours: https://www.oregonlive.com/travel//07/wallowa_mountains_one_of_7_won.html

Hiking Around Joseph

iwetemlaykin trail knights pondKnights Pond ~ Iwetemlaykin

The Joseph area has access to literally hundreds of miles of trails for hikers and trail runners to explore and exercise on. In the Eagle Cap Wilderness you’ll find that most trails are rocky and moderately difficult and the effect of elevation on those used to living closer to sea level also comes into play. The fit will find a stunning mix of visual surprises in an area that’s hard to completely cover in a lifetime.

Casual hikers can find many miles of easier trails that offer exceptional scenic experiences as well. Examples would be: Iwetemlaykin, Hurricane Creek and trail to BC Falls at Wallowa Lake. Also, shortcutting to into the Alpine Zone is just an incredible Tram ride away.

If you’re trying to ease your accent to one of the many peaks or lakes, consider a trailhead that starts at a higher elevation to begin with- this can cut more than feet off your climb.

When venturing into the more remote areas please be aware that even basic services are scarce and you'll find cell coverage spotty at best. Plan to have plenty of gas and water for your trip!

Speeds on USFS gravel roads are slow, less than 25mph. The gravel roads can be harsh on soft/worn tires so do check your spare and plan extra time to your destination.

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Links below will take you to more information. Use the 'See and Do Map' for driving instructions.

Joseph Area Trail Access (closest to farthest):
  • Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site
    • One Mile from Joseph (natural, not wilderness)
    • El: '
    • Improved- Smooth trails - Great for Runners
    • Good Parking
    • Features Short Nature Trail, Pond, Meadows, Wildlife
    • No Pass Required
  • Wallowa Lake Trailhead:
    • 7 Miles from Joseph
    • El: '
    • Improved
    • Good Parking
    • Features Three Major Trails, Views, Streams Waterfalls, Lakes
    • No Pass required
  • Hurricane Creek Trailhead:
    • 13 Miles from Joseph
    • El: '
    • Very Narrow Road (Blind Corners GO SLOW)
    • Good Parking
    • Features Goat Meadows, Slick Rock, Lakes Basin
    • NW Forest Pass Required*
  • McCully Trailhead:
    • 11 Miles from Joseph
    • El: '
    • Narrow Road, Paved/Gravel Road
    • OK Parking
    • Features Two Trails, Back-Route up Mt. Howard and the trail to the beautiful McCully Basin
    • NW Forest Pass Required*
  • Tenderfoot Trailhead
    • 24 Miles from Joseph
    • El '
    • Rustic
    • Paved/Narrow Gravel Road
    • Good Parking
    • Features Bonny Lakes, Tenderfoot Pass, Dollar Ridge (fossilised seashells) and beyond
    • No Pass Required
  • Maxwell Lake Trailhead:
    • 33 Miles from Joseph
    • El: '
    • Improved
    • Long Paved/Gravel Road
    • Good Parking
    • Features Maxwell Lake
    • NW Forest Pass Required*
  • Two Pan Trailhead:
    • 34 Miles from Joseph
    • El: '
    • Improved
    • Long Paved/Gravel Road
    • Good Parking
    • Features easiest access to Lakes Basin
    • NW Forest Pass Required*

* NW Forest Day-Passes are available at most trailheads by self-issue.

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Near joseph oregon hikes

hurricane creek trail sacajawea peak

The second most popular trailhead (after the Wallowa Lake Trailhead) is located just a short country drive away.

The trailhead at Hurricane Creek offers a fairly gradual way into the Eagle Cap and has majestic mountain views within the first mile that only get better the farther you hike. It follows along the creek to open meadows where Mountain Goats are often spotted along the ridges above.

After the two meadows, the canyon narrows and climbs high over Hurricane Creek along cliffs that overlook pools and waterfalls (keep a leash handy for your dog and watch your kids).

The trail is a favorite for those making their way to the Lakes Basin, some 10 miles away, but is primarily used by day hikers and runners in their mile round-trip journey to Slick Rock Creek. You can also find good places to camp along the creek in the first few miles, making this a great option for those just getting into backpack wilderness camping.

Driving Distance- Joseph to Hurricane Trailhead: About 13 miles- figure about 30 mph average speed or about 30 minutes in transit- stay under mph on the forest road after the bridge (it’s narrow with blind corners).

Driving Directions: From Joseph, Oregon go west on Airport Lane for about miles and the road becomes Hurricane Creek Road; Continue on Hurricane Creek Road for another miles to the white Hurricane Creek Grange; Turn left at the Grange onto County Road (becomes Forest Road ) and go about miles to trailhead. The road becomes narrow with turnouts and is not recommended for RVs.

Amenities: The parking lot is large and has a vault toilet. Has a loading ramp and posts for tying stock. The lot requires a NW Forest Pass or you can leave a parking fee and you’ll need to fill out a wilderness permit (free) available at the site for your group.

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Best Trails in Joseph

Looking for a great trail near Joseph, Oregon? AllTrails has 25 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 Catherine Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site or Minam State Recreation Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 17 hard trails in Joseph ranging from to km and from 1, to 2, meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Hurricane Creek offers perfect day-hike near Wallowa Lake, easy access to Eagle Cap Wilderness

The perfect day-hike is an elusive thing, especially in the Wallowa Mountains.

The titanic range in Eastern Oregon is filled with a boundless supply of trails, but many are steep and challenging. 

A leg-burning workout isn’t always what visitors to the touristy area of Wallowa Lake and Joseph are seeking.  

But there is one trail that offers a day-hike of postcard worthiness without the necessity of going on a death march. 

It’s called Hurricane Creek Trail.

Hurricane Creek winds toward Sacajawea Peak in the Wallowa Mountains.

Located a short drive from Joseph and Enterprise, the trail follows a roaring creek past waterfalls and through forest before entering wildflower-filled meadows in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

The nice thing about Hurricane Creek is that you can choose from easy, medium and difficult options. While most people hike 6 miles round-trip to Slick Rock Gorge, there are options for a shorter or longer trip.

The only downside is the trail gets crowds on weekends. Get to the trailhead early to avoid parking headaches or busy trail conditions.

The hike begins at Hurricane Creek Trailhead — just 9 miles south of Enterprise.

The first highlight arrives after a very quick miles, when you reach the junction with Falls Creek Trail. Take a right here, walk miles and you’ll be rewarded with views of Falls Creek Falls, a roughly foot waterfall with mountain peaks rising above it. 

Falls Creek Falls near Hurricane Ridge, Wallowa Mountains.

After taking a few pictures, head back to Hurricane Creek Trail and continue on your way, hiking through a forest that periodically opens to views of massive Sacajawea Peak, which at 9, feet is the Wallowa’s highest mountain.

After 3 miles, and feet of climb, you’ll reach a spectacular meadow surrounded by waterfalls and mountains called Slick Rock Gorge. 

This is the turn-around point for most people, but follow the trail another miles and you’ll reach another, even more impressive meadow with mountain views.

There are periodic campsites along the creek that make for good backpacking spots — especially if you’re hiking with kids.

Slick Rock Gorge along Hurricane Creek Trail in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon.

The ultimate destination is deep blue Echo Lake, but that requires almost 8 miles of hiking and a very steep 3,foot climb. The trail also accesses the popular Lakes Basin, but that’s only for a much longer backpacking adventure.

Hurricane Creek is best for a quick morning day hike, allowing for a wilderness experience without a lung-busting adventure.

Zach Urness has been an outdoors writer, photographer and videographer in Oregon for nine years. He is the author of the book “Hiking Southern Oregon” and can be reached at [email protected] or () Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.

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Hurricane Creek Trail

In a nutshell: The easiest way to access the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains near Joseph, Enterprise and Wallowa Lake

Round trip distances: miles to Falls Creek Falls; 6 miles to Slick Rock Gorge; 9 miles to upper meadow; miles to Echo Lake

Difficulty: Moderate to Slick Rock Gorge, very difficult to Echo Lake

Fees: $5 parking fee or Northwest Forest Pass

Camping: Hurricane Creek Campground is a good spot

Directions: From Enterprise, take Hurricane Creek Road, following periodic signs, around 9 miles to the parking lot and trailhead.

Coordinates: N45° ' W° '

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Signs at the Hurricane Creek Trailhead.
Sours: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors//07/25/hurricane-creek-hike-wallowa-lake-easy-eagle-cap-wilderness//


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