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Glacier Lake

Wallowa Mountains

Wallowa Mountains, Oregon

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  • Near 6-Mile Meadow.- Glacier Lake
  • The trail winds through lush alpine wildflower growth.- Glacier Lake
  • A waterfall near 6-Mile Meadow.- Glacier Lake
  • Wildflowers at 6-Mile Meadow.- Glacier Lake
  • The West Fork of the Wallowa River.- Glacier Lake
  • Hayden's aster (Aster alpigenus subsp. haydenii).- Glacier Lake
  • Meadow and Eagle Cap.- Glacier Lake
  • Frazier Lake area.- Glacier Lake
  • Start of the West Fork of the Wallowa River.- Glacier Lake
  • Eagle Cap and Glacier Lake.- Glacier Lake
  • Glacier Lake.- Glacier Lake
  • Frazier Lake Meadow.- Glacier Lake
  • Eagle Cap and Glacier Lake.- Glacier Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Towering Granite Peaks. Wildflowers. Gradual Incline. Pristine Alpine Lakes.
Cons: 
Dusty trail receives heavy horse traffic. Remote.
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Region:
Wallowa Mountains, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
27.00 mi (43.45 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,659 ft (1,420 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
4,000 ft (1,219 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Horseback
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Breezy in the evening and mixed precipitation overnight.
46°F
34°

Fri

Snow (5–9 in.) throughout the day.
32°F
21°

Sat

Mixed precipitation (4–7 in. of snow) throughout the day.
31°F
18°

Sun

Mixed precipitation (1–3 in. of snow) until afternoon.
38°F
30°

Mon

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
43°F
29°

Tue

Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
52°F
34°

Wed

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
46°F
34°
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Artfully chiseled by glacial movement during the Pleistocene Epoch, Glacier Lake is a breathtaking body of water resting at the edge of the Eagle Cap. The windswept, sapphire-blue lake is the primary source of the West Fork of the Wallowa River, which you’ll be following in its entirety from its termination at Wallowa Lake. While the clear waters of Glacier Lake are rather enticing, you might reconsider a swim, as its waters are perennially 39 degrees.

The nearly 13-mile journey from Wallowa Lake to Glacier is equally captivating, passing through wildflower-blanketed meadows and lakes hedged by the tall granite peaks of the Hurwal Divide. While this hike may rack up the mileage, the trail remains fairly gradual throughout. On top of all this, the trail provides access to a multitude of nearby side-trips and routes, including the Lakes Basin area.

It should be noted that because of its elevation, Glacier Lake is exposed and offers very little shelter during inclement weather, regardless of the season. Nearby Frazier Lake, which you’ll pass on your way up, provides sheltered backcountry camping and even some brook-trout fishing.

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