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Eagle Cap Wilderness Area Conditions & Restrictions
(Information below from Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Website as of AUGUST 25th, 2012)


Weather Conditions

The summer and fall season typically begins at the end of June on the lower elevation trails and runs to the end of November. High elevation trails are usually snow free from mid-July though September. Visitors should plan to check with the Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center to be sure your route of travel is accessible. Always come prepared with an ax and shovel for unexpected trail damage or down trees.

The Eagle Cap Wilderness is the most heavily used wilderness in northeast Oregon, with the Lakes Basin Management Area the most popular. With the large size of the wilderness and the extensive trail system visitors should find many opportunities for solitude. Solitude is an important part of a wilderness adventure. To assure yourself of this atmosphere avoid holidays, travel on a weekday, in early spring or after Labor Day, and visit areas other than the Lakes Basin. Listed below are trails of high use which visitors may want to avoid during the peak season:

  • The Lakes Basin includes the following lakes: (Mirror, Moccasin, Minam, Upper, Sunshine, Glacier, Frazier, Little Frazier, Douglas, Crescent, Lee and Horseshoe)
  • East Fork Wallowa
  • West Fork Wallowa
  • Hurricane Creek
  • East Fork Lostine
  • West Fork Lostine

SEASONAL SAFETY MESSAGE

  • Weather -There is no way to determine specifically what the weather will be like. Always be prepared for all types of weather.
  • General Road Conditions - No restrictions at this time.
  • Check trailhead bulletin boards for current regulations. Visitors are encouraged to stop in at any Forest Service Office.

SUMMER CONDITIONS

CALL FOR CURRENT CONDITIONS: (541) 426-4978 or check the Forest Service WEBSITE here.

Lostine Canyon Campgrounds (or other Recreation Sites) Water is available at the Guard Station

Name
 
Potable Water
Fees
# Units
Notes
Shady Campground *  
No
$6.00
14 tent/trailer
Hiking, Fishing
Williamson Campground*  
No
$6.00
9 tent/trailer
Canyon Campground*  
No
No
2 tent/trailer

Walla-Walla Campground*  
No
$6.00
4 tent/trailer
Irondyke Campground*  
No
$6.00
6 tent/trailer

Turkey Flat Campground*  
No
$6.00
4 tent/trailer

Arrow Campground*  
No
$6.00
3 tent/trailer

Picnic Areas

 
Potable Water
Fees
# Units
Notes
French Camp Picnic Area  
No
None
 
Pole Bridge Picnic Area  
No
None
 
 

Other Campgrounds

Boundary Campground*  
No
None
8 tent/trailer
Hurricane Campground*  
No
$6.00
12 tent/trailer
Camp sites 5, 8, 10 are accessible

Note: Please pack your own garbage out and clean up fire ring when leaving self-service and no service campgrounds and picnic areas.
Dumping stations in Wallowa and Enterprise.


TRAILHEADS

Name
Recreation Pass Site
Self-Service Pay Site
Restroom
On-Site Camping
Unloading Ramp
Hitchrail(s)
Feedbunk(s)
Stock Water
McCully
x
x
x
 
x
x
   
Wallowa Lake        
x
x
   
Hurricane
x
x
x
 
x
x
 
x
Bowman/Francis
x
x
x
 
x
x
 
x
Maxwell
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
Two-Pan
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Bear Creek
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Huckleberry        
x
     
Cougar Ridge        
x
     
Bear Wallow    
x
x
x
   
x
TRAILS - Be aware that there are constantly changing conditions due to weather.
Name
Trail #
Maintained
Restrictions
Conditions
Bear Creek
1653
06/16/2010
 
N/A
Bear Lake
1921A
No
 
N/A
Bear Minam
1655
No
 
N/A
Bench Canyon
1937
No
 
N/A
Big Sheep Ridge
1685
Yes - 06/16/2010
 
N/A
Billy Jones
1824
No
 
N/A
Blue Creek
1865
No
N/A
Blue Lake
1673A
No
 
N/A
Boner Flat
1801
No
N/A
Bonny Lakes
1802
No
 
N/A
Bowman
1651
Yes - 06/22/2010
 
N/A
Cartwheel Ridge
1907
No
 
N/A
Chief Joseph
1803
No
N/A
Chimney/Wood
1659
No
 
N/A
China Ridge
1906
No
 
N/A
Cliff River
1885
No
N/A
Cliff Spur
1885A
No
 
N/A
Copper Creek
1656
No
 
N/A
Cougar Ridge
1668
No
 
N/A
Crib Point
1909
No
 
N/A
Division Camp
1649
No
 
N/A
Art Garret
1913
No
 
N/A
Dobbin Creek
1654
No
 
N/A
Eagle Cap Summit
1805
No
 
N/A
Eagle Lake
1931
No
 
N/A
East Eagle
1910
No
 
N/A
E. Fork Lostine
1662
No
 
N/A
E. Fork Wallowa
1804
No
 
N/A
Elk Creek
1944
No
 
N/A
Elkhorn
1688
No
 
N/A
Fake Creek
1914
No
 
N/A
Frances Lake
1663
Yes - 06/22/2010
 
N/A
Frazier Pass
1947
No
 
N/A
Glacier Lake
1806
No
 
N/A
Goat Creek
1665
No
 
N/A
Granite
1676
No
 
N/A
Green Lake
1666
No
 
N/A
Hidden Lake
1915
No
 
N/A
High Wallowa
Mt. Howard Loop
1813
No
 
N/A
Horse Ranch
1908
06/10/2010
 
N/A
Horseshoe Lake
1821
No
 
N/A
Huckleberry Mtn.
1667
No
 
N/A
Hunter Falls
1829
No
 
N/A
Hurricane
1807
No
 
N/A
Ice Lake
1808
No
 
N/A
Ivan Carper
1661
No
 
N/A
Jim White
1918
No
 
N/A
Lackeys Hole
1942
No
 
N/A
Lakes Basin
1810
No
 
N/A
Legore
1753
No
 
N/A
Lick Creek
1809
No
N/A
Little Kettle Creek
1945
No
 
N/A
Little Minam
1901
No
 
N/A
Little Pot
1919
No
 
N/A
Lodgepole
1920
No
 
N/A
Long Lake
1669
No
 
N/A
Lookingglass
1921
No
 
N/A
Main Eagle Trail
1922
No
 
N/A
Maxwell Lake
1674
06/22/2010
 
N/A
McCully Creek
1812
No
 
N/A
Minam River
1673
No
 
N/A
Miners Basin
1671
No
 
N/A
Moccasin
1810A
No
 
N/A
Mule Peak
1924
No
 
N/A
Murphy Creek
1672
No
 
N/A
N. Catherine
1905
No
 
N/A
N. Fork Imnaha
1814
No
 
N/A
North Minam Mdw
1675
No
 
N/A
Norway
1896
No
N/A
Pine Lake
1880
No
 
N/A
Polaris
1831
No
 
N/A
Rock Springs
1928
No
 
N/A
Sand Pass
1912
No
 
N/A
S. Fork Imnaha
1816
06/27/2010
 
N/A
Squaw Creek
1951
No
 
N/A
Standley Ridge
1677
06/28/2010
 
N/A
Storm Lake
1689
No
 
N/A
Sugarloaf
1887
No
 
N/A
Sullivan
1946
No
 
N/A
Tenderfoot Wagon Rd.
1819
No
 
N/A
Tombstone Lake
1943
No
 
N/A
Twin Lakes
1874
No
 
N/A
Washboard
1680
No
 
N/A
West Eagle
1934
No
 
N/A
W. Fork Lostine
1670
No
 
N/A
W. Fork Wallowa
1820
No
 
N/A
Wing Ridge
1828
No
 
N/A

Note: Please, do not park in front of stock facilities. Use picket line, stakes, or hobbles. Pack pellets instead of hay. Wait until you get home to clean out your trailer. 

WILDERNESS INFORMATION: The Eagle Cap Wilderness has a visitor permit system. Permits are free, unlimited, and self-issued at the trailheads as visitors begin their wilderness trip. The permits and deposit boxes are located adjacent to the information boards found at each trailhead. The permits are required of all visitors so that the most accurate information possible can be obtained. The information collected will be used to measure the amount and location of visitor use. Please do not confuse the visitor permit system with the Recreation Pass system!

Special Note: Party size limit in the Eagle Cap Wilderness - 12 persons. Overnight party size limit in Lakes Basin Area - 6 people. 

Check trailhead bulletin boards for current regulations and special announcements. Visitors are encouraged to stop in at any Forest Service Office.


Maintenance:

Most trails have not been cleared due to the winter's accumulation of snow. Weather can change the condition of the wilderness trails within a few hours so be prepared for unforeseen obstacles in the trails. Always check trailhead bulletin boards for information we may have available for you.

At any time, Wilderness Trail users may expect:

·                     Downed trees and or obstacles

·                     Washouts, slides and other winter damage,

·                     Rocks, limbs and other rough tread conditions.


Recreation Passes:

A National Forest Recreation Pass (Northwest Forest Pass) is required on vehicles parked at or near all major trailheads serving the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Passes cost $5 per day or $30 for an annual pass (good for one year from month of purchase). Senior and Access Passes and the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass are also honored (in place of  Recreation Passes) at the same locations.  

  • The passes are available for sale at the local Ranger District Offices and at any Forest Service office in Oregon and Washington.
  • Recreation Pass self-service pay stations are also available at most fee trailheads.

Cabin Rentals

Information about cabin rentals on the Forest can be found on the "Activity Finder" portion of our website:

 http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w/recreation/recreation-list.shtml#cabin


Seasonal Safety Message

Weather - There is no way to determine what the weather will be like - always be prepared for all types of weather. Check specific NOAA weather reports.

General road conditions - Verify current road conditions in this area with ODOT.

Hunting seasons - Verify season dates at ODFW. Use caution and wear bright colors.

Fire danger - Read more about current conditions in the forest on our Current Conditions web page.

River levels - check real-time Snake River Basin, water data with USGS.

Snow levels - verify snow levels in the wilderness with SNOTEL.

 

Call the Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center for current conditions 541-426-5546.


DEVELOPED CAMPING AND DAY USE SITES

•  All Campgrounds and day use sites are not maintained in the off season.

•  Be advised that there are no services, clean up or safety inspections provided during the off season.

•  Users will need to bring their own water, toilet paper and other supplies and are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and hauling away any trash or other waste they generate. PACK IT IN – PACK IT OUT!!!!


WILDERNESS INFORMATION:

The Eagle Cap Wilderness has a visitor permit system. Permits are free, unlimited, and self-issued at the trailheads as visitors begin their wilderness trip. The permits and deposit boxes are located adjacent to the information boards found at each trailhead. The permits are required of all visitors so that the most accurate information possible can be obtained. The information collected will be used to measure the amount and location of visitor use. Please do not confuse the visitor permit system with the Recreation Pass system!

NOTE:

  • Pack your own garbage out.
  • Clean up fire ring when leaving.
  • Please, do not park in front of stock facilities.
  • Use picket line, stakes, or hobbles.
  • Pack pellets instead of hay.
  • Wait until you get home to clean out your trailer.

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