Lostine - Minam Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"This is one of several classic loop hikes in the Wallowa Mountains. Like the others, this one includes all the major attractions of this wonderful range. There are mountain lakes, high alpine passes, wildflower-filled meadows, clear streams, and granite peaks. These features make this hike fairly popular, but it’s not as crowded as the Wallowa River Loop. For those with less time or ambition, this route lends itself nicely to a shorter version.
In fact, the most common way this trip is done skips East Lostine Canyon and Minam Lake, and heads directly up the West Lostine River to the Copper Creek Trail. Without side trips this alternate loop is only about 32 miles long. Don’t forget your fishing gear (lots of lake and stream fishing is available), binoculars (to search for elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats), swim suit, and, most of all, your camera (the scenery is terrific)."