Hiking

Iwetemlaykin Trail

Entire trail is <1 mile in length

Average Difficulty- Easy, Short Hike

Starts at OR State Park parking lot- 1 Mile out of Joseph heading towards Wallowa Lake.

The Iwetemlaykin, pronounced ee-weh-TEMM-lye-kin, is a nice trail easy for anyone of all ages. It is a short dirt trail with gravel in some areas for easy walking. This trail is about 30-45 min in length, depending on weather and speed.

There is a higher grade to climb at the beginning of the trail, but then it evens out into a slight up and down walk.

The Eagle Cap Wilderness can be seen in the distance as you walk these beautiful hills. Wild flowers bloom in the spring and early summer, giving a pretty setting to your hike, as well as animals of all shapes and sizes that can appear out of no where. As you walk or run along the trail you will come to Knights Pond, which will take you all the way around in a circle. You will walk among the open hills on one side of the pond, and then large trees on the other. There is also a small stream called Silver Lake Ditch, giving you a change to rest or dip your toes into the cool water.

If you are needing a quick break, they offer benches to rest upon which are placed randomly around the trail for those young children or elderly. If you sit quietly, you may see deer, a fox or two, bear, elk and other little critters that play in the area.

The end of this trail has a steady climb to it before it goes back down to the main road, coming out next to the Chief Joseph Gravesite where you can stop and pay your respects. Want to keep going? Walk right on down to the Wallowa Lake beach were you can take a dip in the pristine water, rent paddle boards, or just lay out in the sun while the kids play.

           

Chief Joseph Trail To BC Falls

2.5 Miles Round Trip – Chief Joseph Trail To BC Falls and Back
Easy - 1-2 hours
Starts At End of Power House Road
Park at West Fork Wallowa River Trailhead

This hike is a perfect short hike with a nice view of Wallowa Lake and a nice waterfall.  Start hiking on the West Fork of the Wallowa River Trail.  At the 1/2 mile point you will see a sign on the right for the Chief Joseph Trail.   Follow this sign to the right and it will drop down to the Wallowa River.   At the Wallowa River bridge the trail will start climbing with three switchbacks.  After the switchbacks the trail will traverse along the base of Chief Joseph Mountain and shortly it will come to a nice view of the Wallowa Valley and Wallowa Lake. 

At the 1 1/4 mile point the trail will come to BC Falls and a nice place to turnaround.   When there was a bridge crossing BC Creek this trail could be used to go up to the base of Chief Joseph Mountain.   If you do decide to cross BC Creek you will find that the trail is no longer maintained past the falls.  You will find downed trees but very few people tracks.  Cross BC Creek at your own risk.

This trail can be used to connect to the Chief Joseph Marina trail which leads to the Wallowa Lake Marina and the Wallowa lake State Park.  The Chief Joseph Marina trail is described on this Wallowa Lake Resort (Click Here).

The Wallow Lake Resort Resort office is happy to provide free maps for this fun little trail.

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Hurricane Creek to Slick Rock

6 Miles Round Trip – Average Difficulty
Starts at the end of Hurricane Creek Road

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Chief Joseph Marina Trail

3 Miles Round Trip – Marina to Joseph Meadow and Back
Strenuous, Elevation Gain 2000+ Feet
Starts behind the fish cleaning station at the Wallowa Lake Marina Parking Lot

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West Fork Wallowa River

West Fork Wallowa River to Ice Lake Turnoff
8 Miles Round Trip – West Fork Trailhead to Ice Lake Turnoff and Back
Average Difficulty - Long Day Hike
Starts at the End of Power House Road

 

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East Fork Wallowa River

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Moderate Difficulty
Starts at the End of Power House Road

Read more: East Fork Wallowa River

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