High Wallowa Trail

Type: Nature Trail
Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

See more details.

Become an NRT Ambassador

Join a cadre of volunteers to help improve the data on this trail.


Location: In Wallowa-Whitman National Forest on summit of Mt. Howard, accessed by gondola from Wallowa Lake.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Wallowa
Latitude: 45.27706
: -117.20737

From Joseph, Oregon travel south on Highway 351 for 6 miles around Wallowa Lake to the Wallowa Lake Tramway; The trail can be accessed from the tramway.


The High Wallowa Loop National Recreation Trail (#1813) is composed of a main loop trail and two side spurs going to the Royal Purple overlook and the northern overlook. All three trails total about 1.2 miles. The trail begins on top of Mount Howard at the Wallowa Lake Tramway building and loops around the mountain top. The summit provides spectacular views of the Wallowa Mountains, the deep blue waters of Wallowa Lake, the majestic peaks of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, the distant Seven Devil Mountains of Idaho and the Wallowa Valley below with the communities of Joseph, Enterprise, and Wallowa in the distance. The gondola is the steepest vertical lift for a four passenger gondola in North America.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS - trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Faith Kenny
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
P.O. Box 907
Baker , OR 97814
(541) 523-1205



No additional photos are available.


No reviews are available. Be the first to leave one!


Enter our contest

We're giving away one Trail Boss mug per month through the end of 2018. Leave a review of this or any trail to be entered into the drawing.

Suggest an Edit

Do you see a problem with this trail data? Contact us below: