Wallowa Mountains Traverse

Event Date
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Carl or Judi, 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com by Monday August 28th.

Join us in exploring the lakes and summits of the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon at moderate elevations (5,000 ft. to 9,500 ft.) as we backpack about 60 miles on trails. We will average about 10 miles and 3,100 ft. elevation gain per day; our longest day will be about 12.5 miles and 4,200 ft. cumulative elevation gain. We have backpacked part of our planned route and are keen to revisit and to explore more.

On Wednesday we leave Boise, drop off a vehicle at our exit trailhead, drive to the entry trailhead, and backpack to our first lake. The next five days (Thursday - Monday) we will move our campsite from lake to lake with optional side trips to adjacent lakes and at least one summit. Monday we backpack out, pick up our shuttle vehicle, and return to Boise.

Participants must have lightweight 3-season backpacking gear (you should be carrying no more than 20% - 22% of your body weight, including your food and a liter of water). No dogs, please, and no campfires.

Vehicles must have Northwest Forest Passes or an Interagency Pass ($5 per day or $30 for an annual pass purchased online or at an Oregon National Forest Office). The unpaved roads to trailheads, which are about a four hour drive from Boise, are accessible to passenger cars.