August 8, 2012 · 7:00 AM
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Hike rating: Difficult to Very Difficult.
Elevation gain: about 3,000 feet from lowest to highest point, but with plenty of ups and downs along the way.
Hike distance: 21(ish) miles of backpacking (spread evenly over 3 days), plus two free days to hike or relax as much as you like in the Alpine Lakes area, where we'll set up camp for 3 nights.
Distance from Portland: 330 miles (6 hours) each way.
Costs: suggested $40 per person to driver. Wilderness permits are free.
What to bring: We'll go over this at the pre-hike meeting.
Sorry, no dogs on this outing...
Yes, the Eagle Cap Wilderness is a long way from Portland--330 miles away in the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon--but a mid-summer backpack there should be an unforgettable experience. Our 21-mile loop backpack (spread evenly over 3 days) will take us into the gorgeous Alpine Lakes region, where we'll find a spot near Moccasin or Mirror Lakes to set up camp for 3 nights. This leaves you two full days to spend as you wish (without needing to carry heavy packs) in one of the most beautiful parts of the park. The many hiking options here include summiting Eagle Cap Peak (9572') and exploring Glacier and Frazier Lakes. If you prefer, spending some time relaxing by one of the alpine lakes and enjoying the tranquility is another possibility. If you have Sullivan's Eastern Oregon guide, we'll be combining parts of his described routes #58 and #59.
A tentative itinerary:
Day 1: Drive to Two Pan trailhead; backpack 6 miles to Minam Lake (camp 1).
Day 2: Short morning hike to Blue Lake; backpack 5 miles to Mirror Lake (camp 2)
Day 3: Free (camp 2)
Day 4: Free (camp 2)
Day 5: Backpack 8 miles along the East Lostine River to our cars; drive back to Portland
There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting about a week before we leave to go over details. (People on the 'yes' list will be informed of the meeting time and place.)