West Eagle Trail 1934

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain7,422ft
Trailhead Elevation5,427ft
Elevation Min/Max5427/8510ft
Elevation Start/End5427/5427ft

West Eagle Trail 1934

West Eagle Trail 1934 is a hiking trail in Union County, Oregon. It is within Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. It is 11.4 miles long and begins at 5,427 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,422 feet. The West Eagle Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Tombstone Lake Trail 1943, Fake Creek Trailhead, Main Eagle Trail 1922 and Trail 1922.

West Eagle Trail 1934 Professional Guides

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Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"This backpack route runs from West Eagle Creek Trailhead to the junction with Trail Creek Trail via Echo and Traverse Lakes. (Trail 1934)"
Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"Here is yet another remarkably beautiful loop hike through the spectacular Wallowa Mountains. The focus here is on the southeast part of the range. As is true everywhere in these mountains, this trip features a wealth of breathtaking mountain scenery. The author’s vocabulary of adjectives is simply inadequate to convey the glories. In the “Newspeak” language of George Orwell’s 1984, the scenery is “double plus good”."
Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"This trail runs from East Eagle Trailhead to Mirror Lake, providing the easiest access to the popular Lakes Basin area from the south, climbing the scenic East Eagle Creek Canyon."
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"The southern Wallowa Mountains are harder to reach than the northern part of the range, but once you get there you will have no doubt that it was worth it. Dozens of stunningly beautiful mountain lakes sparkle beneath towering peaks of scenic white granite. Elk browse in the meadows, deer visit your camp at night, and trout rise from lake waters, leaving distinctive circular ripples that disturb the classic reflections on a calm morning. This is mountain hiking at its best and with plenty of solitude, at least during midweek. Expect mosquitoes in July."

West Eagle Trail 1934 Trip Reports

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Did the trail clockwise (as suggested by author), and it was overall spectacular! Word to the wise, though; the last section (Kettle Creek) has essentially no creek access. It's also poorly maintained and completely choked with brush (more like bushwhacking than trail hiking). For some reason, the trail is routed through brush rather than the pine forest on the other side of the creek, and (again, for some unknown reason) the grade of the trail is ridiculously shallow, which is frustrating due to the LOOOONG switchbacks through brush. Certainly doesn't spoil the trip, but if I were to do it again, I might hike in to the lake basin and then out again the same way rather than going out on the Imnaha side. For pictures, go to www.scottlefler.com and look for Eagle Cap, August 2009

West Eagle Trail 1934 Photos

Trail Information

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Nearby City
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Skill Level
USDA Forest Service Wallowa Mountains Office, 201 E. 2nd St. / PO Box 905, Joseph, OR 97846; (541) 426-5546, (541) 426-4978; www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa whitman; or USDA Forest Service Pine Field Office, 38470 Pine Town Lane, Halfway, OR 97834; (541) 742-7511. Office closed Dec 21 through Apr 30; contact Baker City office at (541) 523-6391.
Local Contacts
USGS Krag Peak OR and Eagle Cap OR; Geo Graphics Wallowa Mountains Eagle Cap Wilderness
Local Maps

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