Tag Archives: Eagle Cap

Backpacking Eagle Creek in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Bob Carter and I enjoyed a three day backpack trip up the Eagle Creek drainage on the south side of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Bob and I have been hiking together since 2003, and we are grateful our legs still let us enjoy these trips.

We left  Monday afternoon and found very few others on the trail.  The flowers were at their peak, blooming in green expansive meadows beneath formidable peaks and cliffs.

” The mountains are calling and I must answer.” John Muir

Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness

Eagle Cao Wilderness

Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Bear Lake,Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

 

 

Eagle Cap, an early season encounter

When Bob Carter and I started hiking together in 2003, he was 62 and I was 60. We are older and slower now. However, we still have the legs and mental stamina to do this eight mile round trip hike over lots of downed timber and over a couple miles of snow to reach this gorgeous meadow in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. On Monday, June24, we started at the end of the Lostine River Road at Two Pan and hiked up the East Fork of the Lostine River. From tracks we saw, we were only the second people to arrive this season.

East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine River Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine River, East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness

East Lostine River Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness

The high country of the Eagle Cap Wilderness

My hiking partner, Bob, and I spent a delightful time in the high Wallowas, far from the “madding crowds.”  A ten mile hike and 4000 foot elevation gain to us to the tundra country of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, where its short spring was just arriving.  We have been here before, but it was the first time we caught it at the peak of its wildflowers.

 

Eagle Cap Wilderness moonrise

 

Bob above lake wm

Trail to Pete's Point
Trail to Pete’s Point

Eagle Cap Wilderness, named lake
Eagle Cap Wilderness, unamed lake

family fun
family fun

Feather
Feather

Snow line beauty
Snow line beauty

Heather
Heather

Eagle Cap Wilderness, early morning
Eagle Cap Wilderness, early morning

Lake reflection, vanishing point, Eagle Cap Wilderness
Lake reflection, vanishing point, Eagle Cap Wilderness

Rarely visited meadow
Rarely visited meadow

Snow lines
Snow lines

Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

Eagle Cap Wilderness moonrise

 

Troop 514 backpacking in July in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Embraced by memories of mountain air, sounds of the river, and visions of green meadows filled with wildflowers beneath alpine peaks, I loaded  La Grande Troop 514 Scouts into the car to travel to the trailhead that leads up the East Fork of the Lostine River into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The trail requires more effort than earlier years, but the challenge makes the time and beauty all the more meaningful. I am blessed to live so close to such a special place and still have the legs to hike, albeit at a slower pace. And it was particularly fun to backpack with these older scouts who could carry more weight and prepare a gourmet dinner and breakfast—despite the mosquitoes!

 

Eagle Cap and moon
Eagle Cap and moon

Troop 541 ib bridge over the East Fork of the Lostine River
Troop 541 ib bridge over the East Fork of the Lostine River

East Fork, Lostine River
East Fork, Lostine River

Mosquito protection
Mosquito protection

Campsite
Campsite

Diner preparation, Troop 514
Diner preparation, Troop 514

Waking up
Waking up

Breakfast, Troop 514
Breakfast, Troop 514

Eagle Cap
Eagle Cap

Breakfast, Troop 514
Breakfast, Troop 514

Wilderness run
Wilderness run