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W. Fork Wallowa - No. 1820

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Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
88401 Hwy. 82
Enterprise, OR 97828

Phone:
541-426-4978
Basics
Length:
12 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
9 - 11 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4645 feet
Elevation Range:
4645 feet to 8330 feet
Elevation Change:
3685 feet
Usage:
Heavy to Six Mile Meadow, light to Hawkins Pass
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail follows the west fork of the Wallowa River through open meadows and forests. The trail is a gradual climb to Six Mile Meadow, then becomes steeper up to Hawkins Pass. Many wildflowers can be seen along the trail such as mountain bluebells, forget-me-nots, paintbrush and columbine. There are fishing opportunities near Six Mile Meadows where the river flows a little slower. Keep your eyes open for indications of past landslides and avalanches. Frazier Lake and Little Frazier Lake are at the end of this hike, where you will have spectacular views of limestone cliffs and a waterfall cascading down the cliffs.

NW Forest Passes are not required at Wallowa Lake Trailhead.

The trail is well maintained for hikers and stock. It is signed at the trailhead and at all main junctions. This trail provides access to many other trails, and to the Lakes Basin.

There are no campsites at the trailhead. Wallowa Lake State Park is nearby. Reservations are required at this campground during summer months. There are opportunities for dispersed camping along the trail.

Details

Length:
12 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
9 - 11 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4645
Elevation Range:
4645 feet to 8330
Elevation Change:
3685
Usage:
Heavy to Six Mile Meadow, light to Hawkins Pass
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Enterprise, Oregon, take State Highway No. 82 through Joseph and past Wallowa Lake. The trailhead is at the end of the road approximately one mile past the lake. Parking is available at the trailhead along with a loading ramp and hitch rails for stock.


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