Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
4,000.00 ft (1,219.20 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
27.00 mi (43.45 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Towering Granite Peaks. Wildflowers. Gradual Incline. Pristine Alpine Lakes.

Cons

Dusty trail receives heavy horse traffic. Remote.

Trailhead Elevation

4,659.00 ft (1,420.06 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Mountaineering
Waterfalls
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Fishing

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

06/15/2017
I am planning a 3 day trip to Eagle Cap wilderness area and am looking for a good plan/advice on what I should do. Anything helps!
Great map! spent 3 days at Ice lake and it was as stunning as the pictures above depicted it.
Spent four days in the eagle cap wilderness area during the last week in July. Great honeymoon. Explored 45 miles of trails including Glacier lake. This map is as good as any.
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