China Cap Summit

By Brian Sather — updated Thu, 3/28/2013 - 4:13 PM, created Mon, 7/25/2011 - 12:11 AM

4.62 miles (7.435 km)

Elevation Gain:
1994.75 ft. (608 m)
Elevation Loss:
-449.48 ft. (-137 m)

Max Altitude:
8602.36 ft. (2622 m)
Min Altitude:
5544.62 ft. (1690 m)
China Cap is a popular climb for people on the west side of the Wallowas because it is a fairly docile hike up a trail until the final few hundred yards. The cliff on the north side is quite impressive, so be careful scrambling up the ridge. Make sure to sign in at the register on the summit! Notes
  • The trail begins at Buck Creek Campground.
  • A Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trailhead


    Approaching the summit

    Summit marker, looking north

    View toward La Grande on the west ridge. Mt. Emily is in the center in the distance and Mt. Fanny is visible to the right of it.

    Burger Butte and Bake City to the southwest

    The north face is rather steep!

    Avalanche debris just past the wilderness sign.