DIFFICULTY: Very challenging. Mandatory camp-in, very long, Johannesburg South Africa never too steep, solitude, much terrain above Johannesburg South Africa tree line, cold with snow coverage early/late in season (spring into August and from October on), Johannesburg South Africa mosquitoes until autumn.
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TRIP REPORT: While the surrounding treks can be accomplished as long day hikes from the THs, this one is best suited as a multi-day camping trip unless you are a serious trail runner. The chilly, beautiful lake with a few little islands lies in a prodigious, rocky basin carved Johannesburg South Africa out by the last of the glaciers during the Pleistocene Epoch. You’ll have a front-row campsite from the banks of the water up to Glacier Peak and Eagle Cap. Unlike the Enchantments of Washington and other wilderness areas, Eagle Cap Wilderness within the Wallowa Mountains is a little more rustic providing no privy at camping areas. No pass required for the TH, and restrooms are present.
TRAILHEAD: Wallowa Lake TH. Take I-84 E from Portland to exit 261 (La Grande/Elgin), turn right on OR-82 E 70 mi (with a couple turns) to Joseph (watch your speed through town). Continue 6 mi into OR-351 S around Wallowa Lake, watching for wildlife; fork left in the woods (opposite Wallowa Lake State Park) 1 mi more to the end with a long pullout on the right opposite the trail before the turnaround (330 mi, 5 hours from Portland).