Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
175.00 ft (53.34 m)
Trail type
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site is a preserved area of sacred ground to the Nez Perce tribe. The word Iwetemlaykin is Nez Perce for 'at the edge of the lake'. 

A single track trail crosses the area, as well as circling Knight's Pond, a small quiet pond with benches and shade for walkers to grab a seat at. A couple interpretive signs talk about settlers moving in and forcing tribal memebers from the land. A short spur trail also leads to the gravesite of Chief Joseph. 

The path walks a meadow - during spring there are explosive shows of wild flowers - beneath views of the surrounding Wallowa mountains. While bicycles aren't permitted out of respect for the sensitivity of the land, dogs are permitted on leash. 

Deer, fox and bear have been known to cross the heritage site. In total, about 2 miles of trail cross the area, with multiple trailheads. However the main dirt parking area off of Wallowa Lake Highway contains the main trailhead with interpretive signs and vault toilet.

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site is open year round during daylight hours. 

Visitors can view the State Parks brochure for the heritage site here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Easy meandering walking trails. Scenic views.

Trailhead Elevation

4,325.00 ft (1,318.26 m)

Highest point

4,420.00 ft (1,347.22 m)


Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Historically significant
Family friendly
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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