“I need something like a great Shakespearean one-liner to express how profoundly grateful I am to have penetrated the heart of the Wallowas with you, your llamas, and those stupendous (and healthy!) meals. I do sort of feel that people ought to earn the right to visit the wilderness – something I most assuredly haven’t lately. So “lightening up” with you was a real gift. Thank you.” – E
Our hike begins at Summit Point (elev. 6500 feet), and we hike 8 miles to our camp near Crater Lake, where we spend two nights. The layover day is free for relaxing at the lake or hiking to nearby meadows. On our next hiking day, we walk down Cliff Creek and then hike up the Imnaha River to its headwaters and our camp for two nights below Hawkins Pass. On the following layover day, we can explore the limestone formations in this great glacial cirque while looking for mountain goats or climbing Cusick Mountain. On the fifth day, we hike over Hawkins Pass and down to our camp on the Wallowa River where we spend the final night. On the last day, we hike out to Wallowa Lake. Total miles hiked not including optional day hikes = 30.
Graph of mileage and elevation:
For what previous trekkers say about the food and the trips in general read Testimonials from Trekkers.