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Southern Wallowas Traverse Backpacking

Union, Oregon

Southern Wallowas Traverse Backpacking

Southern Wallowas Traverse (Backpacking) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The southern Wallowa Mountains are both very similar to and quite different from the northern part of the range. As in the areas to the north, the scenery is spectacular, with the same enchanting combination of granite peaks, alpine lakes, and wildflowers. The southern part, however, has a very different character.

First of all, the trail population is smaller. While you won’t be lonesome, longer road access and more rugged trails mean far fewer people choose to hike in this region. The terrain also differs from the northern Wallowas. Granite peaks are still found in abundance, but the geology here is more varied, many prominent peaks being more reddish than white. Finally, the forests are more open and the meadows more expansive, so vistas are wider and more common. This attractive but difficult hike traces a rugged up-and-down route as it alternates between the high passes and deep canyons that characterize the southern Wallowas. For the fit hiker who longs for the beauty of the Wallowas without the crowds, this is a wonderful choice."

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Trail Information

Union
Nearby City
40
Distance
9,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4-5 days
Duration
Usually open July to October; best mid-July to early August
Season
Wallowa Valley visitor center
Local Contacts
Geographics - Wallowa Mountains
Local Maps

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