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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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Snow is back after brief hiatus

by Brian Sather — Updated 5 months 6 days ago · Posted Wed, Oct 11, 2017

We only ended up with a few weeks in the Wallowas that were snow free at the end of the summer, and even then some decent pockets up high remained. In September the snow resumed and wasn't quite melting between storms that followed and that pattern seems to be continuing to the point that I think we're about to lose the high mountain trails for winter. This is also a win though. ...
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