Eagle Cap Wilderness 2017: Main Eagle Creek Trail

Mileage: 28 miles (+attempted scramble of Needle Point)

Elevation Gain/Highest: 2652ft/8309ft (8976ft possible) (overall ∼6900ft)

Map: Green Trails Wallowas/Eagle Cap Wilderness, Bennet Peak USGS, Eagle Cap USGS, Krag Peak USGS, my GAIA (Lookingglass, Bench)

Favorite Eats After Hike: Ten Depot Street, Sister’s Café

Find out current conditions and as always, practice Leave No Trace.  Pretty Please.

Each day’s journal includes a photo gallery, video, mileage and elevation details.

Day 1: Main Eagle Creek Trail to junction with Lookingglass Lake and side trip to Lookingglass and Culver Lakes: 6.8 miles, 2392ft gain/7302ft high (#1922, 1921, 1921A)

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Return to Eagle Cap, Day 1: “Oh, Hell No.” 

Day 2: Junction of Lookingglass Lake to Cached Lake (Trail Creek Trail) with side trip to Eagle Lake and scramble attempt of Needlepoint: 7 miles/1300ft gain (my scramble added another 900ft)/7450ft high (8976ft possible) (#1922, 1931)

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Return to Eagle Cap, Day 2: Not Your Grandma’s Needlepoint 

Day 3: Cached Lake to Main Eagle to junction of the Bench Canyon Trail with side trip to Heart and Arrow Lake and back to trailhead: 14.2 miles, 2085ft gain/7835ft high (#1922, 1937)  It is possible to make a loop up the Trail Creek Trail (1922) past Cached Lake to a junction with the Bench Canyon Trail.  Conditions prevented us from doing so on this trip.

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Return to Eagle Cap, Day 3: Like An Arrow Through My Heart 

For more information on planning a hike in the Wallowas, check out my Eagle Cap Wilderness page.

Directions:  From the town of Pendleton on 84 in Oregon, head south towards La Grande (about 53 miles).  Take 203 to Union (14.25 miles) and then Medical Springs (another 20.25 miles and about 1.5 hours total).  Don’t blink because it isn’t more than a few houses and you will keep left onto Big Creek Rd (FR 67).  From here drive 16 miles and then turn left on FR 77.  It’s another mile and then you turn right on FR 7755.  You have 4 more miles and you will be at the trailhead.  Elevation 4,910ft.

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