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West Fork Wallowa Trail #1820 - Wallowa Mountains, Joseph, Oregon

This is a trail fragment that will be finished later. West Fork is a super highway of trails. It perhaps gets the most trail users of any trail in the Wallowas with its close proximity to the ever popular Wallowa Lake. The first few miles get the most action and it serves as a route to access the Ice Lake Trail and some of the climbs of the high Wallowas. Parking to start the trail is at the Little Alps Day Use area at the very south end of the road. Trail Notes 0.0 mi. Start at Little Alps Day Use Area. The trailhead is on the east side at the end of the road. The East Fork Wallowa trail splits to the left right away. Stay right on the West Fork Trail. 0.3 Junction with Chief Joseph Trail to right. Stay left. 2.9 Junction with Ice Lake Trail. Stay left. ...  
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Ice Lake Trail #1808 - Wallowa Mountains, Joseph, Oregon

The trail is well built, and a popular ascent up to an alpine lake in the Wallowas. Other than a couple rocky sections, the trail surface is amazing and the incline is steady. It takes you up a beautiful canyon with a trip by a few cascades and waterfalls before it benches out in a basin. This serves as some brief respite before some climbing switchbacks on fabulous dirt up to a point where the trail wraps around a corner and you make a dramatic approach to a beautiful lake. The whole experience has a great awe factor if you can withstand the 8 mile, 3,500' climb from Wallowa Lake area. The trip couples the West Fork Wallowa and Ice Lake trails, which both have superb trail surfaces, and I was surprised what good time I was making running these trails...  
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Chief Joseph Trail #1803 - Wallowa Lake, Oregon

To add insult, after running Chief Joseph away they named a crappy trail after him. You would think a trail in such close proximity to a high-use area like Wallowa Lake Campground would be in better shape, but no one seems to be using it. It doesn't even take you to the top of the mountain that bears his name. Some locals must have disliked this trail so much they built an unofficial trail straight up the mountain and it crosses over this trail several times. This other one is a better option if you plan to climb the peak. The trail starts off of the West Fork Wallowa Trail about a 1/4 mile up and it in great shape up to a very nice footbridge across the river. Then it is still okay for a ways until you get to BC Creek, where it attempts to cross this rushing cascade...  
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Backcountry Update 6-1-2017

Backcountry Update 6-1-2017
by Tesmond Hurd — Wed, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend at Wallowa Lake et al.

by Tesmond Hurd — Posted Sun, May 28, 2017

Yearning for a great recreation trip outside of La Grande, I headed to Wallowa County for three days of action-packed adventure, good beer, and fresh fish. Originally, I set out to finish an article for La Grande Ride, hike some trails, go fishing, and maybe enjoy the nightlife and play mini golf. Here's the weekend recap: ...
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Wallowa Lake Tourism and Recreation in Northeast Oregon

Wallowa Lake, located south of Joseph in Wallowa County, Oregon, is one of the most popular, premiere areas for recreation, vacation, and tourism in Northeast Oregon. In 2016, $29.3 million in tourism money was spent here. The lake itself was formed from glaciers, surrounding by high moraines, and towering mountain peaks. It is well know for its cold, clear, blue waters. Opportunities to hike, mountain bike, swim, horseback ride, fish, and boat are almost unlimited in the area...  
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Aneroid Lake, East Fork Wallowa River Trail Hiking Update

by Tesmond Hurd — Updated 5 months 2 weeks ago · Posted Sat, May 27, 2017

Welcome to hiking in the Wallowas during the spring from the Wallowa Lake side! Before I get into the trail conditions, I figured I would do some more public shaming of my "favorite" federal agency. I hadn't even gotten to the actual trail when I came across a sign posted saying the "Chief Joseph Trail 1803 is not maintained." What kind of nonsense is this? Apparently the taxpayers pay for the Forest Service to post signs about NOT doing trail work, then to actually do trail work. With that foul taste in my mouth, I climbed the trail to 6200' (about 3 miles in) before the snow got more...
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Chief Joseph Mountain Summit (Mt. Joseph)

Chief Joseph Peak is a mile high climb from Wallowa Lake that puts you atop the signature mountain towering above Joseph, Oregon. It is not that technical but is physically challenging. The approach to the summit along the east ridge takes you by an old mine and over a variety of different colored rocks. This route shown here follows a summer climbers' trail from the marina at Wallowa Lake State Park. You follow this climbers' trail as it zigzags steeply and directly up the mountain. It crosses the official Chief Joseph Trail a couple times and then joins it as it starts to bench out. From there, you look for the far left avalanche chute and go off trail to get to that and climb up that chute...  
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Ore Gon vs Yeti Podcast - 10-15-2015

Ore Gon vs Yeti Podcast - 10-15-2015
by Brian Sather — Thu, Oct 15, 2015 (Updated 2 years 1 month ago)

Brian Sather and Tesmond Hurd, from the new RideCast studio, talking about topics such as bigfoot confirmation, DFT, Spout redux, mix tapes, and Anthony artwork update.



Chief Joseph Mountain Summit

Chief Joseph Peak is a mile high climb from Wallowa Lake that puts you atop the signature mountain towering above Joseph, Oregon. It is not that technical but is physically challenging. The approach to the summit along the east ridge takes you by an old mine and over a variety of different colored rocks. This route shown here follows a summer climbers' trail from the marina at Wallowa Lake State Park. You follow this climbers' trail as it zigzags steeply and directly up the mountain. It crosses the official Chief Joseph Trail a couple times and then joins it as it starts to bench out. From there, you look for the far left avalanche chute and go off trail to get to that and climb up that chute...  
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