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.

Eagle Cap Wilderness Trails - All trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness are currently snow covered. The trailheads are accessible by skis or snowshoes. The access roads are not plowed with the exception of the trailheads starting from Wallowa Lake. Additional information can be found at the Wallowa Avalanche Center

Please be advised that snow levels are ever changing and that roads and trails may be covered with snow. Please contact your local Ranger District for the most current information on roads and trails.

Wallowa Mountains / Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

Trail Name  

Miles

Trail Access

Maintained

Conditions

 Bear Creek #1653

17.5

 Boundry Campground

6-18-15

Yes

7 mi.

6-18-15

Has been maintained up to 7 mi. in.

Bowman #1651

8.6

Bowman Trailhead

5-18-15

Yes

2 mi.

5-18-15

Good. Maintained 2 mi. up. Snow drifts at 2.5 mi.

Cliff River #1885

8.6

Summit Point Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-19-15:

snow still showing on the backside

Copper Creek #1656

5

Two Pan Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Dollar Lake #1802

4.9

Tenderfoot Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

East Eagle #1910

11.3

East Eagle Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-14-15:

Hiker Report: clear to Horton Pass, then snow covered over the top

East Fork Lostine #1662

6.1

Two Pan Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-9-15

Snow level about 7000'. Patches of snow. Creek crossings high and fast. Currently not suitable for stock.

East Fork Wallowa #1804

8.6

Wallowa Lake Trailhead

6-8-15

Yes

2 mi.

6-8-15

Good. Maintained 2 mi. up. Mainly clear of snow with some patches near Aneroid Lake.

Elk Creek #1944

11.8

Buck Creek Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Falls Creek #1753

2.4

Hurricane Creek Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Francis Lake #1663

7.7

Bowman-Francis Lake Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

High Wallowa Loop National Recreation Trail #1813

0.3

Wallowa Lake Tramway

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Horse Ranch #1908

7.7

Moss Springs Trailhead

5-27-15

Yes

3.5 mi

5-27-15

Fair. Clear and passable up to 3.5 mi. Muddy.

Hurricane  #1807

9.7

Hurricane Creek Trailhead

5-19-15

Yes

3.5 mi

5-19-15

Good. Maintained 3.5 mi up. Water crossings low.

Ice Lake

#1808

3.9

Wallowa Lake Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Lick Creek #1809

4.2

Lick Creek Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Little Kettle Creek #1945

5.7

East Eagle Trailhead

6-19-15:

no

6-19-15:

snow patches, watch for ticks, not maintained for 2015, crater lake was still frozen first of June. 

Main Eagle #1922

14.7

Main Eagle Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

5-29-2015

Clear of snow.  Maintenance for 2015 may have begun; however some maintenance delays may occur due to completing necessary safety inspections, hazardous tree removal, and other mitigation concerns.

Maxwell Lake #1674

3.6

Maxwell Lake Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

McCully Creek Trailhead #1812

7.6

McCully Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Minam Lake (West Fork Lostine) #1670

5.9

Two Pan Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-9-15

Many trees down across the trail up to the Copper Cr. junction. Patchy snow 2+ miles up. Heavy snow just before the lake difficult to pass.

Minam River #1673

44.8

Wildlife Flats (Ford)

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

North Fork Catherine Creek #1905

14.5

North Fork Catherine

Creek Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

7/2/15 Reported wildfire in the High Hat Butte Area.  Use caution as firecrews and heavy traffic may be present.

Clear of snow.  Maintenance for 2015 may have begun; however some maintenance delays may occur due to completing necessary safety inspections, hazardous tree removal, and other mitigation concerns.

Rock Springs #1928

3

Rock Springs Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

2/23/2015: Access road 6200 closed by snow covered ice near 6205 road.

South Fork Imnaha #1816

15.8

Indian Crossing Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Standley Ridge #1677

5.4

Bear Wallow Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Tenderfoot Wagon Road #1819

9.7

Tenderfoot (Big Sheep Creek) Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-10-15

Intermittent snow on the trail, but passable. Logs across the trail not passable by stock. Creek crossings are high and fast. Use extreme caution.

West Eagle #1934

11.4

West Eagle Meadows Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

7/2/15 Reported wildfire in the High Hat Butte area.  Use caution as firecrews and heavy traffice may be present.

Clear of snow.  Maintenance for 2015 may have begun; however some maitenance delays may occur due to hazardous tree removal and other mitigation concerns.

Hiker Report:

6-12-15: Made it to Echo Lake and also hiked to the top of Chia Cap.  Watch for ticks

 

West Fork Wallowa #1820                

11.2

Wallowa Lake Trailhead                                  

6-9-15

Yes

6 mi.

6-9-15

Good. Maintained up to 6 mi. in. Water crossing just below Horseshoe Lake is high. Not recommended for stock.

Southern Wallowa Mountains                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Trail Name
Miles
Trail Access
Maintained
Conditions
Clear Creek #1867        
6.8

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Deadman #1869
6

12-8-14:

no

6-19-15:

snow still showing on the backside

East Fork #1865
6.8
Cornucopia Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-19-15:

open to the 2nd meadow, low water

Lake Fork #1876
10.6

12-8-14:

no

6-19-2015:

Snow free

Looking Glass #1921A
  Main Eagle Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Martin Bridge #1878

5.7

Eagle Forks Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-19-2015:

Snow Free

Pine Lakes #1880

8.2

Cornucopia Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

12-8-14:

snow

Sugarloaf #1887

 

Sugarloaf Trailhead

12-8-14:

no

6-19-2015:

Snow free

Twin Lakes #1874

2.7

Twin Lakes Campground

12-8-14:

no

6-19-2015:

Snow showing on the backside