Chief Joseph Trail

Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Oregon

Elevation Gain5,418ft
Trailhead Elevation4,908ft
Elevation Min/Max4801/7637ft
Elevation Start/End4908/4908ft

Chief Joseph Trail

Chief Joseph Trail is a hiking trail in Wallowa County, Oregon. It is within Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. It is 6.7 miles long and begins at 4,908 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,418 feet.

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"This trail leads from the Wallowa Lake Trailhead to the meadows at the base of the face of Chief Joseph Mountain. Chief Joseph Mountain trail is used to access several climbing routes on Chief Joseph Mountain. (Trail 1803)

Hike south from the trailhead, on the West Fork Wallowa River Trail (1820) for 0.3 mile, to the junction with the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail. Turn right off West Fork Wallowa River Trail onto the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail, then bear left. The trail to the extreme right goes a short distance to a viewpoint of the falls."

"This direct route leads from the large parking lot at the south end of Wallowa Lake to the summit of Chief Joseph Mountain. Take the nature trail south from the parking lot. In a short distance the trail crosses a small creek on a wooden bridge.

Just after crossing the creek, turn right off the trail and climb steeply on a path to the west-southwest, to where the route intersects Chief Joseph Mountain Trail (5,120 feet). Turn left (south) on Chief Joseph Mountain Trail and go 100 yards or so, then turn right off Chief Joseph Mountain Trail."

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Trail Information

Eagle Cap Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Eagle Cap Wilderness Area
Skill Level
USDA Forest Service Wallowa Mountains Office, 201 E 2nd St. / PO Box 905, Joseph, OR 97846; (541) 426-5546, (541) 426-4978;
Local Contacts
USGS Joseph OR and Chief Joseph Mountain OR
Local Maps

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Nov 2018