Bowman-Francis Lake Trailhead


Horse trailers parked at the Bowman-Francis Lake Trailhead

This trailhead provides access to the Bowman Trail, a major entrance point for hikers and horses into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. This route provides access to Chimney, Hobo, Laverty and Wood lakes, as well as Brownie Basin and North Minam Meadows. Steep, rocky mountain ranges are framed with beautiful flower-filled meadows.

On Trail #1659 to Laverty Lakes, there is a view of Twin Peaks to the east and Eagle Cap to the south past Flagstaff Point. Opportunities abound for fishing and viewing elk, deer, and bear.

There is water available along most of the route, but be prepared for areas in between water sources. Take water from natural springs and clear sources where possible, using a filter suitable for giardia and other micro-organisms, or boil your drinking water for at least five minutes. The trailhead has a stock ramp, hitch rails, picnic area, and outhouse facilities.

Francis Trailhead Sign

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Toilets,Parking
Fees $5/vehicle/day, or Northwest Forest Pass, or any form of the America the Beautiful National Pass
Permit Info: All visitors to the Eagle Cap Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Visitor Permit before entering the area. Only one permit is required per group and there is no fee for the permits. Registration and Permit boxes are located at each trailhead near the information board. The permits are self-issued.
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply within Eagle Cap Wilderness.
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Enterprise, Oregon (24.5 miles); Lostine, Oregon (14.5 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


From Enterprise, Oregon travel northwest on State Highway 82 to Lostine; In Lostine go 7 miles south on the Lostine River Road to Forest boundary; Lostine River Road turns into Forest Road 8210; Travel on Forest Road 8210 up the Lostine Canyon; Travel 7.5 miles to trailhead on left side of road. The forest roads are gravel surface.

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Trailhead has pull through trailer parking, hitch rails, unloading/loading ramp


Interpretive Site Local Eagle Cap information
Toilets Vault toilet
Parking Cars and pull through horse trailer
Accessible Vault toilet
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