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Storm Lake Trail #1689 - Wallowa, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-1 ft.
Distance:
4.55 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
1 ft.

A very pleasant ridge route is what the Storm Lake Trail offers as it takes you along panoramic views over the Lostine, Goat Creek, and McCubbin Basin. Then the trail drops over the east side of the ridge and gets nasty as it heads for Little Storm Lake. One really steep, poorly developed section will be difficult to negotiate especially on horse or mule. The lush hillsides support bighorn sheep and mountain goats, and of course many elk. The lake is a nice high alpine lake of fairly decent size that sees few visitors...  
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Big Sheep Ridge Trail #1685 - Wallowa Mountains, Minam, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Gain:
4,180 ft.
Distance:
7.82 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-705 ft.

The best way to do this trail is to take an old pair of socks that you want to burn, go hike it and then enjoy a campfire because the Big Sheep Ridge Trail is loaded with invasive cheatgrass that fully embeds in anything it can. Due to limited to no use, the first several miles of this trail have the cheat growing right in the trail which is also helpful to follow the trail because the color is different. As you get higher up on the ridge it disappears though and you can enjoy some more genuine landscape...  
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Goat Creek Trail #1665 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-475 ft.
Distance:
5.53 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
3 ft.

"GOAT" could stand for Greatest of All Trails, but in this case it does not. It will go down as one of he most horrendous trails I have ever traveled. It really has nothing going for it, except that it is a trail surface that you can follow for the most part, which is more than I can say about some other trails I've tried to find. So I guess you would call this the worst discernible trail I have walked. I actually came down it from the Huckleberry Mountain Trail but I'm featuring it here from the bottom because this is your best bet to get any semblance of enjoyment out of it...  
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Trail Conservation

by Brian Sather — Posted Mon, Jul 17, 2017

I've seen a lot of different trails in the last week and I continue to find support for my jaded attitude toward trail maintenance in this area. We have such an awesome resource in our trails, yet little funding or attention is being given to trail maintenance. This needs to become a public priority, especially for those involved in tourism. The biggest funding I've seen in recent years has been focused on building new trail, of which I'll ride and enjoy, but why are we building new when we can't even maintain the many miles of trail we already have? ...
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Little Bear Creek Trail - Wallowa Mountains, Wallowa, Oregon

Season:
July-October
Total Elev. Loss:
-201 ft.
Distance:
2.89 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
2 ft.

This well-used trail does not exist on maps, getting action mainly from hunters and packing outfitters in the fall to access Storm Lake and Goat Mountain area where trophy game abounds. I remember accidentally taking the start of it a few years ago when trying to go up Huckleberry Mt. so that shows it is a little more of a beaten path compared to the official trail. It is direct and less steep route to get to get farther down Huckleberry Mountain Ridge. It is one of the root-iest trails I've been on in the Wallowas, but more maintained than most...  
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Dobbin Creek Trail #1654 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa, Oregon

Season:
July-October
Total Elev. Gain:
139 ft.
Distance:
3.81 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-2 ft.

A dramatic and scenic plunge from near Standley Ridge down to Bear Creek Trail, this trail sees very little use and not much maintenance. It starts off the Standley Ridge Trail not too far below the guard station and soon enters an alpine bowl in burnt timber. While it meanders through the basin, you get some views of Dobbin Creek cascading over some falls. As you reach the lip of the basin it ramps up the intensity with switchbacks and plunges into some beautiful old growth massive trees. Eventually you reach bear creek and have to wade across to meet up with the Bear Creek Trail...  
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Standley Ridge Trail #1677 - Trail Running and Hiking, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon

Season:
July-October
Total Elev. Gain:
1,528 ft.
Distance:
5.01 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-323 ft.

Visit the Standley Guard Station at the high point, in a pristine meadow with a spring emerging from the ground right beside the cabin. The cabin is locked up but appears in fair and usable shape. It is at an intersection of trails, so it serves as a good hub for the far northern reaches of the Wallowa Mountains. There isn't much water on the trail otherwise, so plan accordingly. The route is a gradual climb along the very top of the ridge with good visibility in all directions. Getting There Take the Big Canyon Rd. from the highway near Minam...  
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Snowmobile Big Canyon to Bearwallow & Standley Ridge - Wallowa, Oregon

by Brian Sather — Thu, Feb 2, 2017

Standley Guard Station Backcountry Skiing - Wallowa, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Gain:
483 ft.
Distance:
1.71 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-76 ft.

If the Forest Service would recondition the Standley Guard Station for public use during winter, this would be a worthwhile trip for a backcountry ski trip. Otherwise, it is a difficult endeavor for a single day ski tour but we're featuring it nonetheless. The challenge is following the narrow ridge out to the wide-open bench where the cabin is. At any point leading up to Bearwallow Trailhead area you could ditch snow machines and skin the rest of the ridge...  
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Cougar Ridge Trail #1668 - Wallowa Mountains, Minam, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Gain:
4,755 ft.
Distance:
12.37 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-494 ft.

Aside from one steep climb up from the Minam River, this is just a long gradual uphill from the far north end of the Wallowa Mountains and finishing at Standley Guard Station deep in the wilderness. You start from the Minam River Trail, which has some difficulty getting to or you can pick it up about midway from the Cougar Ridge Trailhead. It is not a well used trail, but is mostly visible with a few sections of several trees across the trail...  
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