North Minam Trail

Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Oregon

Elevation Gain12,437ft
Trailhead Elevation5,440ft
Elevation Min/Max4212/8490ft
Elevation Start/End5440/5443ft

North Minam Trail

North Minam Trail is a hiking trail in Wallowa County, Oregon. It is within Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. It is 17.3 miles long and begins at 5,440 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 35.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 12,437 feet. This trail connects with the following: Minam River Sect 3 Trail 1673, Cooper Trail 1676 and Bowman Trail 1651.

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Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"This backpack route climbs from Minam River Trail, in the depths of the Minam River Canyon, to the lush North Minam Meadows. Then the route continues its climb into the alpine country high atop the ridge that divides the Minam and Lostine River drainages and the junction with the Copper Creek Trail. (Trail 1675)"
Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"Although this western third of the Eagle Cap Wilderness is easier for most Oregonians to reach, who drive from the populous Willamette Valley, it receives far fewer visitors than the central portion of the preserve. The reason for this seeming incongruity is that this part of the wilderness has none of the fish-filled lakes or high granite peaks that draw crowds to other parts of the Wallowa Mountains. Nonetheless, there is still plenty of great scenery, most notably high alpine ridges that boast terrific views, plenty of wildflowers, and the remarkably clear Minam River, which flows through an impressive 3500-foot-deep forested canyon. In addition, while you probably won’t have the trails all to yourself, you also won’t have to fight off other backpackers for a good campsite, which is sometimes a problem in the more popular areas to the east."

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Trail Information

Eagle Cap Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Eagle Cap Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
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 Jim White Ridge OR, North Minam Meadows OR, and Steamboat Lake OR; Geo Graphics Wallowa Mountain Eagle Cap Wilderness
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