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Wallowa Mountains, Oregon

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  • Strong winds are common in the Wallowas.- Wing Ridge
  • Farming tracks on Wing Ridge.- Wing Ridge
  • The Wallowas are known for their dry and light snow.- Wing Ridge
  • Putting the skins on to gain another lap. - Wing Ridge
  • Phat Ridge, a small ridge coming off of Wing Ridge, provides a consistent skin track.- Wing Ridge
  • Grabbing another lap on Wing Ridge.- Wing Ridge
  • Skinning under a clear blue sky in the Wallowas.- Wing Ridge
  • Hells Canyon and the Seven Devils provide a dramatic backdrop while skinning.- Wing Ridge
  • Be aware of ridge tops because wind-transported snow can cause increased avalanche danger.- Wing Ridge
  • Skier Rob Story making the last turns of the day.- Wing Ridge
  • If you're lucky enough to safely gain Wing Ridge, you'll be greeted dramatic views of the Wallowas. - Wing Ridge
  • Pyramid Peak (left) and Redmont (right) provide great skiing given the right conditions.- Wing Ridge
  • Pyramid Peak holds some big lines for advanced skiers. - Wing Ridge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Easy access. Good snow.
Cons: 
Route finding. Tricky snowpack.
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Region:
Wallowa Mountains, OR
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,100.00 ft (1,859.28 m)
Vertical descent: 
2,200.00 ft (670.56 m)
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Adventure Description

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Wing Ridge is the go-to backcountry ski location for northeast Oregon. Easy access from the small town of Joseph and a variety of terrain make it appealing for backcountry skiers of all abilities. Salt Creek Sno-Park has a warming hut for use before and after skiing, and it also has some great views of Wing Ridge. 

Thick stands of lodgepole pine make route finding difficult, so consider hiring a guide from Wallowa Alpine Huts to show you around and keep you safe if you're new to the area. 

After navigating the web of cross-country ski trails and dense trees, gain one of the many smaller ridges that leads to the larger Wing Ridge. Wind slabs and large cornices often keep skiers from reaching the top of Wing Ridge, but the best skiing can often be found lower down where wind and avalanche danger is less of an issue.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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