East Fork Wallowa River
13 Miles Round Trip Aneroid Lake and Back
Starts at the End of Power House Road
This hike is a bit dusty and not very nice for about 3 miles. The trail works its way up on the right of the East Fork seemingly forever. It gets heavy horse traffic during the summer for the first 2 miles, so it can be dusty and smelly. If you want to avoid this section of the trail take the PPL maintenance road which takes a fork to the left at the ¼ mile point. By taking this fork you avoid the dusty horse trail and shorten your hike by about ½ of a mile. This maintenance road is steeper than the trail though it has nice berry eating in the fall. This short cut crosses a bridge at the ½ mile point then proceeds on the left side of the east fork. At 1 ½ miles it crosses a bridge and re-enters the main trail exactly where most of the horse traffic turns around.
Regardless, if you took the PPL maintenance road or the main trail at 2-2 ½ miles you come to the dam that is used to power the PPL Electric generating station. This is a nice place for a break or a foot soaking. There is a very nice bench on the trail side of the little pond above the dam. After the dam this trail opens up with nice views of the ridge of East Peak, Hidden Peak and finally Aneroid Mountain. It is hard to believe that Aneroid Peak is taller than Joseph Mountain at 9700 feet.
At 4 miles you will come into a large meadow where the meandering East Fork creates nice pools. A bit further at 5 miles is Roger Lake which is not nearly as scenic as Aneroid Lake. Just 1 more mile and you will see the deep blue of Aneroid Lake. Once reaching Aneroid you will find plenty of camp sites with nice mountain and lake views. The fishing can be very good at Aneroid Lake. Day hikes from this location include Tender Foot Pass, Dollar Pass, Dollar Lake, Boney Lakes and climbing Aneroid Mountain. One interesting option is to have someone leave a car at the Tender Foot Trailhead and hike out this trail over Dollar Pass. If you hike the Tender Foot Trail look for large elk herds that frequent the Big Sheep drainage.