Hiking and Trail Running the Wallowa Mountains & Eagle Cap Wilderness

The Wallowa Mountains offer remote and rugged hiking opportunities in Northeast Oregon. The Eagle Cap Wilderness is in the heart of the Wallowas, located east of La Grande and Baker City, with popular entries from the north out of Enterprise and Joseph.


United States
45° 14' 3.4188" N, 117° 27' 17.4024" W

Aneroid Lake Trail

Season: May - October
This hike from near Wallowa Lake, heads into the Eagle Cap Wilderness and arrives at Aneroid Lake. The trial is fairly steep at the start, but mellows out about halfway to the lake. Roger Lake is passed just before reading Aneroid Lake. A group of private cabins are at the south end of the lake. Aneroid Mountain and Pete's Point are nearby. Notes
  • Weather information is available at the SNOTEL site near the l...

Arrow Lake

This is a moderate hike to a lake with a magnificent view. The trail starts at and follows Eagle Creek through the canyon. At 3.4 miles, after crossing Copper Creek there is a trail junction. Go left at this junction. The sign indicates the trail is not maintained. The trail is a bit rocky but otherwise good. From here, the trail starts climbing rapidly which makes it the toughest stretch. The trail does level out as it goes through a meadow near Heart Lake, although the lake is not visible from...

Catherine Creek State Park Trail

Season: March-November

Chief Joseph Mountain Summit

Climb a mile above beautiful Wallowa Lake to summit this overbearing land feature above Joseph. On a clear day the summit offers an astounding view of the Wallowa Valley and an even more breath-taking view of all of the big peaks of the Wallowas to the south. It is the 12th highest summit in Oregon. During summer, the approach consists of steep trail hiking, loose dirt up to the ridge, and then scree and rock walking to the summit (basically what most every climb in the Wallowas is like). Th...

China Cap Summit

Season: June-October

Eagle Cap Summit

Season: July-September
Eagle Cap is a giant mound of sandy soil and rock in the middle of the Wallowa Mountains, offering a 360 view of all the peaks and several lakes. It is the only mountain in the Eagle Cap Wilderness with an official trail to the summit, and offers virtually no technical challenge, other than some good fitness if you want to summit in one day. Wilderness camping opportunities abound around this mountain, so planning a summit for a one day trip from camp is a good option. Glacier Peak is just to th...

Glacier Peak Summit

Season: July-September
This tasty summit in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains is a rocky climb with a bit of scrambling on very loose rock. The summit is a somewhat narrow ridge that is accessible from the Lakes Management Basin. The route here is shown starting at Glacier Lake, climbing to the summit and then traversing over to Eagle Cap Summit. There is no established trail. The route up includes hiking on talus or snow. The northern ridg...

Huckleberry Mountain Summit

A fairly aggressive but consistent climb on a trail that takes you fairly businesslike to a ridge that unveils a cool summit in the very north end of the Wallowa Mountains. Huckleberry Mountain does have huckleberries on it but they're pretty high up so expect to see them late in the season but you might be too out of breath to enjoy them. As the trail eases up before the ridge, there are some camping options that are fairly sheltered. The trail follows the ridge once you get on top and wraps ar...

Mule Peak, Sand Pass Loop (Trail 1912)

This is a good hike or run loop with some great views of the western side of the Wallowas. It is strenuous from an elevation gain standpoint, but worth the trip when you arrive at Mule Peak Lookout, an active fire service structure that is manned during certain times of the summer. The trail starts and finishes going up and down the same ridge. The initial part is a hike up the old road before finding the trail head sign on the left. There are a couple streams to cross along the road. Upon a...

Norway Basin Trail 1896

Season: July-October
Much of this route travels steeply up an old mining road. Once you come over a saddle and into Norway Basin, the views of Red Mountain and the rugged terrain in the basin are magnificent. The trail becomes singletrack for the remainder as it eventually gains the saddle where it connects with the Sugarloaf Trail, which travels east along the ridge over to Russel Mountain, and Twin Lakes. The Sugarloaf Trail can be used to connect over to the East Pine Creek trail to make a loop back. Or, continui...

Red Mountain Summit

Season: July-October
Climbing Red Mountain is a rugged and long trek that rewards climbers with a 9,560 foot summit that is the highest point in Baker County, Oregon (14th highest in Oregon). The climb requires no special technical skill, other then good footwork and balance to navigate hundreds of vertical feet of crumbling red rock. The Kettle Creek Trail #1945 from East Eagle is not heavily used but is in good condition. It contains an endless series of switchbacks climbing 3,066 feet in 5.6 miles at a 10% a...

Sacajawea Peak Summit

Season: July-September

Standley Guard Station Trail Run (Trails 1677 and 1668)

A relatively easy car shuttle out of the same canyon if you have a mildly rugged vehicle. The loop treats you with a visit to Standley Guard Station at the high point, in a pristine meadow with a spring emerging from the ground right beside the cabin. There isn't much water on the trail otherwise, so plan accordingly. This will be a good long distance backpack or fun trail run on some mellowish terrain at a decent elevation. The trail isn't used much or maintained very deep but the s...

Thorp Creek Basin

Season: July-September
This hike from the Hurricane Creek Trailhead climbs a canyon bet...

Twin Lakes Trail 1874

Season: June-October
The route shown here is a strenuous hike or good trail run, shown here as a connection between Indian Crossing Campground to Twin Lakes Campground on either end. This is a steep trail climbing from the Imnaha River to Twin Lakes. The route starts up the South Fork Imnaha Trail 1816 and fording the river to Trail 1874 at Blue Hole. Trail 1874 climbs up the canyon's south side, topping out at Twin Lakes which is a non-fee campground and trailhead. The route travels through the Twin Lakes burn, ove...