"Tucked away in a lesser used corner of the Wallowa Mountains, this loop provides an excellent opportunity for experienced hikers to explore some outstanding country, see plenty of wildlife, and enjoy lonesome trails. Although there is only one lake along the way, anglers have ample opportunity to try their luck catching Bear Creek’s many brook and rainbow trout. (Artificial flies or lures are required, and any bull trout must be released unharmed.) The hike also features two historic log cabins, both of which are worth exploring. This trip’s main attraction, however, at least from a scenery standpoint, is the spectacular hike along Washboard Ridge, one of the most outstanding ridge walks in Oregon. Although the views are awe inspiring, the hike is quite rugged, so only fit hikers should consider this trip."