Cheval Lake

Lostine, Oregon

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Hike steeply downhill, from Granite Creek Trail, on a high, windswept plateau to Cheval Lake, tucked in a timbered glacial cirque. The route passes the remains of a tiny miners cabin as you descend. (Trail 1681) From the junction with the Granite Creek Trail, Cheval Lake Trail heads west. It drops 230 feet in the first 0.25 mile, to a meadow. Cross two streams in the meadow. There is a pond on the left at the second stream crossing. After crossing the meadow the trail climbs to the top of a spur ridge (8,320 ft.). The trail goes southwest up the spur ridge for 0.3 mile to the top of the main ridge (8,590 feet).
Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

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Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Hike steeply downhill, from Granite Creek Trail, on a high, windswept plateau to Cheval Lake, tucked in a timbered glacial cirque. The route passes the remains of a tiny miners cabin as you descend. (Trail 1681) From the junction with the Granite Creek Trail, Cheval Lake Trail heads west.

It drops 230 feet in the first 0.25 mile, to a meadow. Cross two streams in the meadow. There is a pond on the left at the second stream crossing. After crossing the meadow the trail climbs to the top of a spur ridge (8,320 ft.). The trail goes southwest up the spur ridge for 0.3 mile to the top of the main ridge (8,590 feet).

© 2014 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Lostine
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Mid-July through Sept
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service Wallowa Mountains Office, 201 E 2nd St./PO Box 905, Joseph, OR 97846; (541) 426-5546, (541) 426-4978; www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
Local Maps: Older Eagle Cap Wilderness maps. USGS Steamboat Lake OR covers the area, but the trail is not shown on this map
Driving Directions: Directions to Cheval Lake

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