Wallowa Lake Trailhead

Area Status: Open

This trailhead provides access to Chief Joseph Mountain Trail (#1803), east Fork Wallowa Trail (#1804) and the West Fork Wallowa Trail (#1820) which provide access to Eagle Cap Wilderness. Due to a bridge washout and high water levels in BC Creek, access to the Chief Joseph Trail will most likely be from the southwest corner of the Wallowa Lake Marina Parking area.

There are horse rentals, a State Park, restaurants, lodging, and picnic facilities within 0.5 miles of the trailhead. Outfitter Guide services are available near the trailhead. Loading ramp and hitchrails available.

Many wildflowers can be seen along the trails nearby such as mountain bluebells, forget-me-nots, paintbrush and columbine.  There are fishing opportunities near Six Mile Meadows where the river flows a little slower. 

Printable map and information sheet on the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail #1803 (PDF File)

Printable map and information sheet on the East Fork Wallowa Trail #1804 (PDF File)

Printable map and information sheet on the West Fork Wallowa Trail #1820 (PDF File)

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: No fee required for this site.
Permit Info: All wilderness visitors to the Eagle Cap Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Visitor Permit before entering the area. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads. 
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply within Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Joseph, OR (approx. 7 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


From Joseph, Oregon, follow State Highway #82 south for 7 miles to the end and Wallowa Lake Trailhead..

Recreation Map

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Horse Riding

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