High Wallowa Trail

photo: Wallowa Lake Tramway near Joseph, Oregon, in the United States. The tramway ascends Mount Howard in the Wallowa Mountains. Photo by Finetooth.

Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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

Driving Directions

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.

Description

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:
1981

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

 

Photos

Wallowa Lake Tramway near Joseph, Oregon, in the United States. The tramway ascends Mount Howard in the Wallowa Mountains. Photo by Finetooth.

Wallowa Lake Tramway near Joseph, Oregon, in the United States. The tramway ascends Mount Howard in the Wallowa Mountains. Photo by Finetooth.

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