Ice Lake

Joseph, Oregon

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Most of the best things in life require effort, and hiking into Ice Lake certainly fits that rule. This is a long, tough climb. But the payoff is terrific: filled with fish and nestled in an alpine wonderland beneath bulky, multi-colored mountains, Ice Lake is close to the perfect mountain lake. Unfortunately, a significant number of other folks agree with this assessment, so despite the long access trail, the camps here are often crowded. For those with an extra day to spend exploring, the climb from Ice Lake up the Matterhorn is highly recommended and extremely rewarding.
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

by Douglas Lorain (The Mountaineers Books)

Most of the best things in life require effort, and hiking into Ice Lake certainly fits that rule. This is a long, tough climb. But the payoff is terrific: filled with fish and nestled in an alpine wonderland beneath bulky, multi-colored mountains, Ice Lake is close to the perfect mountain lake.

Unfortunately, a significant number of other folks agree with this assessment, so despite the long access trail, the camps here are often crowded. For those with an extra day to spend exploring, the climb from Ice Lake up the Matterhorn is highly recommended and extremely rewarding.

©  Douglas Lorain/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Joseph
Length: 15.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2–3 days
Season: Mid-July to October
Local Maps: Imus Geographics—Wallowa Mountains
Topo Map: Ice Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/22/2014

It's a tough climb, but well worth it! Gorgeous lake! I had heard how crowded it always is, but it wasn't at all when we were there.

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