China Cap Summit

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4.6 mi.
7.4 km

Altitude (max):
8602 ft.
2622 m

Altitude (min):
5545 ft.
1690 m

Elevation Gain:
4032 ft.
1229 m

Elevation Loss:
-974 ft.
-297 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!


  • The trail begins at Buck Creek Campground.
  • A Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trailhead

Pictures from China Cap Summit

^ 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.