Trail Report - Wallowa Mtns and Eagle Cap Wilderness

This trail report provides the known conditions for the main summer recreation trails in the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness.

A 'maintained' trail has been reviewed by a district recreation manager, the known hazards (e.g. rock slides, broken trees and branches) have been removed and annual maintenance tasks have been completed.

  • “User Reports under “Conditions/Notes” in the following tables are not validated by Forest Service personnel; however information is shared for the benefit of all users.”

  • “Hazards may occur at any time so always be prepared for unplanned events creating hazards such as downed trees, water crossings, water on trails, rocks on trails, etc.”

  • "Wilderness Permits are required on all trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and are available at all Eagle Cap Wilderness trailheads."

  • There are several "Fee" sites on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. A variety of Recreation Passes are available to forest visitors.

Interactive Trails Map for Eagle Cap Wilderness

Interactive Trails Map for Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

Wallowa Mountains / Eagle Cap Wilderness

Trail Name

Miles

Trail Access

Maintained

Conditions

 Bear Creek #1653

17.5

 Boundry Campground

5/5/16

Yes

Trail has been logged out for 7 miles

Bowman #1651

8.6

Bowman Trailhead

7/18/16

Yes

 

Logged out to Chimney Lake. Snow beyond Chimney Lake unsafe for stock. Some exposed culverts may pose hazard for stock. A couple logs down across the trail to North Minam Meadows.

Cliff River #1885

8.6

Summit Point Trailhead

5/19/16

No

Not maintained.

8/10/16 User Report: Trail had 10-12 go arounds but nothing that made you lose the trail.

Copper Creek #1656

5

Two Pan Trailhead

8/16/2016

No

Open

Dollar Lake #1802

4.9

Tenderfoot Trailhead

7/6//2016

No

Not maintained.

East Eagle #1910

11.3

East Eagle Trailhead

7/16/16

Open

East Fork Lostine #1662

6.1

Two Pan Trailhead

7/8/2016

Yes

Open

 

East Fork Wallowa #1804

8.6

Wallowa Lake Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

Open to stock for 3 mi. Plank broken on bridge aprrox. 4.5 miles in may be hazardous to stock.

Elk Creek #1944

11.8

Buck Creek Trailhead

7/2/16

No

Buck Creek Trailhead is accessible. User reports trees blocking trail just north and east of the bridge on 1944.  8/3/16.

Falls Creek #1753

2.4

Hurricane Creek Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

Snow in higher elevations

Francis Lake #1663

7.7

Bowman-Francis Lake Trailhead

7/21/2016

No

Not maintained.

High Wallowa Loop National Recreation Trail #1813

0.3

Wallowa Lake Tramway

6/29/2016

Yes

Open

Horse Ranch #1908

7.7

Moss Springs Trailhead

6/09/2016

Yes

 

 

Logged out and brushed to the jct. of 1918 bridge

Huckleberry

#1667& 1665

3.5

 Huckleberry Trailhead

6/06/2016

No

Not maintained.

Hurricane  #1807

9.7

Hurricane Creek Trailhead

7/20/2016

Yes

Clear and passable to stock for approx. 4.5 mi. Upper last few miles several logs down.

Ice Lake

#1808

3.9

Wallowa Lake Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

River crossing high. Patches of snow around the lake.

Lick Creek #1809

4.2

Lick Creek Trailhead

 

5/24/16

Yes

Logged out to wilderness boundary. Creek crossings running strong. Not advised for stock.

Little Kettle Creek #1945

5.7

East Eagle Trailhead

7/13/2016

Yes, to Wilderness Boundary

Clear for stock to Wilderness Boundary

8/10/16 User Report: trail was brushy in spots, but easy to follow to trailhead

Main Eagle #1922

14.7

Main Eagle Trailhead

8/12/16

Yes

Clear to stock to 1/3 mi. from Eagle Lake. Large boulder impassable for stock. From trailhead to Bear Lake- Lookingglass clear for stock. Warning: 2nd bridge is washed out, but creek is passable with stock. Log crossing for hikers just N of bridge. Bench Canyon Trail not maintained for stock.

Maxwell Lake #1674

3.6

Maxwell Lake Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

Not recommended for stock.

 

McCully Creek Trailhead #1812

7.6

McCully Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

Trail not maintained.

Minam Lake (West Fork Lostine) #1670

5.9

Two Pan Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

Clear to stock to Copper Cr. jct. User report: Crossing after jct. to Minam Lake is 3ft. Snow drifts after crossing.

Minam River #1673

44.8

Wildlife Flats (Ford)

6/29/2016

No

8/3/16: USER REPORT

Much blow-down across the Minam River  Trail for about 1 mile up from the bridge at Elk Creek, (heading south towards Trail Creek).  Slow for hikers, but may be impassible for horses without cutting many logs.  Thick areas have no way to go around downed logs.

North Fork Catherine Creek #1905

14.5

North Fork Catherine Creek Trailhead

6/2/2016

Yes

Trailhead is maintained.  Trail is accessible but not maintained.

Rock Springs #1928

3

Rock Springs Trailhead

8/5/2016

No

Maintained to jct. with 1901

South Fork Imnaha #1816

15.8

Indian Crossing Trailhead

6/29/2016

No

Trail has been logged out to Imnaha R. forks. Brushy beyond Blue Hole.

8/10/16 User Report: trail was easy to manuever from Hawkings Pass to Cliff Creek jct

Standley Ridge #1677

5.4

Bear Wallow Trailhead

8/5/2016

No

Not maintained.

Tenderfoot Wagon Road #1819

9.7

Tenderfoot (Big Sheep Creek) Trailhead

8/5/2016

No

Not maintained.

West Eagle #1934

11.4

West Eagle Meadows Trailhead

7/15/16

Yes,

To Echo Lake--to Tombstone Lake

Good. Upper portion is steep and rocky to Echo. Several rocky areas to Tombstone. User reports considerable blowdown of trees on trails 1934, 1922, 1633 and 1944.  8/3/16

West Fork Wallowa #1820  

11.2

Wallowa Lake Trailhead

7/04/2016

Yes

 

Cleared and passable to stock to Six Mile Meadow. 2 culverts exposed between mile 5&6 that may pose hazard to stock. Creek crossing to Horseshoe Lake deep.

8/10/16 User Report: trail was smooth sailing from 6 mile meadow to Hawkins Pass, Lakes Basin was busy.

Southern Wallowa Mountains                              

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Trail Name
Miles
Trail Access
Maintained
Conditions

Clear Creek #1867

6.8

Clear Creek Trailhead or

Deadman Canyon Trailhead

7-21-16

No

 

Deadman #1869

6

Deadman Canyon Trailhead

7-21-16

No

USER REPORT

6/13/16:Trailhead is accessible and trail has been hiked almost to Melhorn Res. Watch for cattle/wildlife trails that appear to be unmarked hiking trails.

East Fork #1865

6.8

Cornucopia Trailhead

7-21-16

No

 

Lake Fork #1876

10.6

Lake Fork Trailhead or

Lake Fork West Trailhead

7-21-16

No

6/1/16: user report: mulitple trees on trail

Looking Glass #1921A

 

Main Eagle Trailhead

6/2/16

No

Open but not maintained.

Martin Bridge #1878

5.7

Eagle Forks Trailhead

7-21-16

No

 

 

Pine Lakes #1880

8.2

Cornucopia Trailhead

7/8/16

No

6/1/16 user report: tree across main bridge and bridge is broke, still intact use at own risk.  Trail to Pine Lakes is clear except for a few trees across trail. Stoclkwould need to go around.  Patches of snow near top

Sugarloaf #1887

 

Sugarloaf Trailhead

7-21-16

No

 

Twin Lakes #1874

2.7

Twin Lakes Campground

7-21-16

No

Campground is accessible and is camping at own risk.

 

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