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Eagle Cap Wilderness

The Eagle Cap Wilderness
is characterized by high alpine lakes and meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges and u-shaped valleys carved out by glaciers.  Each season brings its own unique visitors to the area. 

Lace up your boots and head into Oregon's remote Wallowa Mountains. Explore this wonderland of more than fifty glacial lakes, miles of streams designated as National Wild and Scenic Rivers, hundreds of soaring peaks, and open meadows with elk, deer, bighorn sheep, coyote, black bear, and cougar. Climb Aneroid, Chief Joseph, and Matterhorn Mountains; hike the Eagle River, Cliff Creek, and Deadman Canyon; or visit Razz, Blue, and Bonny Lakes.During the summer months, you might see white-tailed deer, rocky mountain elk, or black bears munching on huckleberries. On rare occasions you might spot a rocky mountain bighorn sheep or mountain goat. 

In the winter months turn your eyes to the sky in search of a paragrine falcon or bald eagle.  Winter months bring heavy snowfall to Eagle Cap, creating many opportunities for backcountry skiing and other snowy recreation. 

The Eagle Cap Wilderness is the most heavily used wilderness in northeast Oregon, and everything from quiet solitude to an extensive trail system awaits you.

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Eagle Cap Wilderness - West Fork of Eagle Creek
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Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness
All trails lead to the top in this lake-lover's paradise.

When I discovered I'd be moving to the northeast corner of Oregon, my first thought was to learn more about the area many call "Oregon's best-kept secret." So I purchased some maps and started pinpointing what seemed like interesting looking destinations within the Eagle Cap Wilderness tucked deep in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains.

I quit counting after I'd highlighted 27 peaks between 9,000 and 9,845 feet elevation. High ridges and glacier-carved canyons converge on Eagle Cap Mountain like spokes to a hub. The 361,466 federally protected acres within the wilderness area boast 480 miles of trails and 58 named lakes, according to the map.

The point is, there's no lack of great places to go in the Wallowas, and you can make your trip as brief or as challenging as your time and legs allow. Since that first map survey of the area, I've visited the Wallowas on many short dayhikes and three longer multiday treks of 26, 29, and 58 miles. Continue Reading at

We are compling information and links now, more information coming: up-to-date trail information; maps, photos, and elevation profiles; information on bears and cougars; difficulty, maintenance, and traffic ratings for each hike; access information to the Dihedrals climbing area.Whether you are planning a day hike or an extended backpacking trip, you'll find trails suited to every abilityand interest in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness.

It’s always best to call the Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center to get the latest weather conditions.  Visit the Forest Service Website for more details and information on the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

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