Peak 9495 Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Wallowa Mountains form the focal point for much of far northeastern Oregon. Small towns exist on the edges of the mountains and serve as supply points for campers, hikers, backpackers, and others who venture into the wilderness. Long ago, glacial ice left behind sharp ridges, peaks, lakes, and valleys.
The forest changes as you climb, with lodgepole pine and fir giving way to whitebark pine and dwarf juniper, and you will also encounter alpine wildflowers and lush springs. For some visitors, the summit of Mount Howard is as high as they want to go. Mount Howard, just east of Chief Joseph Mountain, is named for the U.S. army officer who was the nemesis of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. The summit of Mount Howard is a good starting point for a scramble south to Peak 9495, which local climbers call Hidden Peak. Special considerations: Please follow all Eagle Cap Wilderness regulations."