Explore the rugged Glacier Lake in the Wallowa Mountains

Tom’s experience Backpacking to Glacier Lake in the Wallowa Mountains:

Glacier Lake is a beautiful lake in the Wallowa Mountains that sits directly under Eagle Cap Mountain. Hike to Glacier Lake

When we visited here in the end of July the Mosquitoes were terrible at the lower lakes and Glacier Lake was covered in snow.

Glacier Lake Oregon

The trail head for the lake is the Wallowa Lake Trailhead just south of Wallowa Lake State Park. The same trailhead for Ice Lake. There are permits at the trailhead that are free for entering the back country.

Glacier Lake Backpack

The trail begins by following the West Fork of the Wallowa River as you head deeper into the wilderness.

Glacier Lake Hike

The trail really isn’t too steep although you are hiking uphill the whole way to the lake.

Glacier Lake Joseph Oregon

You will reach a fork that if you wanted to create a loop hike and see various lakes you could.

Glacier Lake Trail

The forks are well signed and easy to follow. There are a number of waterfalls that you will pass as long as you keep your eyes open.

Glacier Lake Wallowas

Eventually you will reach Frazier lake which is lower than Glacier lake so if you go early in the season there might be better camping at Frazier.

Glacier Lake Eagle Cap Wilderness

As you pass the trail will get a little more rocky as you climb your way to Glacier lake.

Glacier Lake Eagle Cap

Glacier lake is a beautiful lake and has a few islands in the lake which are very photogenic. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trailhead starts just south of Wallowa State Park. Parking is free and there are outhouses and picnic tables right near the parking. The Parking can fill up on popular weekends. Permits for the trail are at the trailhead.

GPS:

Wallowa Lake Trailhead: 45.267683,-117.212749

Frazier Lake: 45.154322,-117.253604

Glacier Lake: 45.164248,-117.281456

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Hike to the beautiful Ice Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Tom’s experience Backpacking to Ice Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness:

Ice Lake is a beautiful mountain lake surrounded by peaks in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains. The Trailhead is at the Wallowa Lake Trailhead the same as Glacier LakeIce Lake Joseph Oregon

The lake sits at about 8000 ft above sea level and getting to it can be a little difficult due to the steep trail.

Eagle Cap Wilderness

Permits to the back country are free at the Wallowa Lake trail head near Joseph, Oregon.

Ice Lake Wallowas

The trail will follow West Fork of the Wallowa River as you climb up into the mountains. When we went there were plenty of signs and the trail was easy to follow.

Ice Lake Trail

You will eventually cross the West Fork of the Wallowa River across a bridge and start to follow Adam Creek up to Ice Lake.

Ice Lake Hike

This is where the trail really gets steep and there are numerous switchbacks. There are also a few waterfalls you can see as you hike up towards Ice Lake.

Ice Lake Oregon

Once you get to the lake there are a ton of camping spots along the south side of the Lake. Also from here you can head up towards Matterhorn Peak (9,826 ft) and Sacajawea Peak (9,838 ft).

Ice Lake Backpack

Sacajawea is the highest peak in the Wallowa Mountains with the Matterhorn being the second highest. Getting to the Matterhorn is fairly straight forward although very steep.

Matterhorn Peak

Sacajawea is a little more difficult and you must hike along very loose rock or climb over fairly easy but exposed towers.

Sacajawea Peak Eagle Cap Wilderness

The distance from the trail head to Ice Lake is about 8 miles so it can be done as a day hike or a nice backpack.

Sacajawea Peak

From the lake the mountains aren’t too far distance wise but they are very steep. Dogs are allowed in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trail head starts just south of Wallowa State Park. Parking is free and there are outhouses and picnic tables right near the parking. The Parking can fill up on popular weekends. Permits for the trail are at the trail head.

GPS:

Wallowa Lake Trail head: 45.267683,-117.212749

Ice Lake: 45.229871,-117.272358

Matterhorn Peak: 45.228212, -117.298131

Sacajawea Peak: 45.24487,-117.292377

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