Lostine River, Eagle Cap

LaGrande, Oregon

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A gorgeous drive along a National Wild and Scenic River, with a view of the dominant peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Eagle Cap. The road is paved at first, then wide gravel, then narrow gravel, but it is all easy and level. Can be heavily trafficked in summer. The Wallowa Mountains have been called the“Alps of North America.” With their jagged, nearly vertical granite ridges, they are the kind of mountains you see in fanciful landscape paintings but rarely in real life. They are also the only Rocky Mountains range in Oregon, which explains why the Wallowa Valley is the state’s only area containing Rocky Mountain juniper instead of western juniper. The only auto route that deeply penetrates the Wallowas is the Lostine River Road, with the Wilderness boundary paralleling both sides of the road for the last 7 miles.
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by Art Bernstein (Wilderness Press)

A gorgeous drive along a National Wild and Scenic River, with a view of the dominant peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Eagle Cap. The road is paved at first, then wide gravel, then narrow gravel, but it is all easy and level. Can be heavily trafficked in summer.

The Wallowa Mountains have been called the“Alps of North America.” With their jagged, nearly vertical granite ridges, they are the kind of mountains you see in fanciful landscape paintings but rarely in real life. They are also the only Rocky Mountains range in Oregon, which explains why the Wallowa Valley is the state’s only area containing Rocky Mountain juniper instead of western juniper. The only auto route that deeply penetrates the Wallowas is the Lostine River Road, with the Wilderness boundary paralleling both sides of the road for the last 7 miles.

©  Art Bernstein/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: LaGrande
Distance: 36
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Local Contacts: Wallowa - Whitman National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Lostine, North Minam Meadows
Driving Directions: Directions to Lostine River, Eagle Cap

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