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.
North Minam Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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)"
--Fred Barstad, Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Douglas Lorain, Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow (Wilderness Press).
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