Eagle Cap Wilderness Traverse, BP-3

Jay Reinhardt, thereinhardts@mail.com, 509-521-5956

A 30-mile strenuous backpack trip through the heart of the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.

Glacial meadows, sparkling mountain lakes, craggy granite spires, spectacular views.  On this trip we will traverse the Eagle Cap National Wilderness and experience it all.  Expect cool temperatures and fall colors.

Day 1: Leave Spudnuts in Richland at 7 AM.  Arrive at the Two Pan Trailhead for lunch.  Hike 7 miles and 2,300’ to Mirror Lake and camp for dinner. Watch the view of Eagle Cap from Mirror Lake, shown in the photo below, turn golden as the sun sets.

Day 2: Day hike to the top of Eagle Cap itself, the highest peak in the Wilderness.  Then to Glacier Lake for lunch.  Return to our campsite at Mirror Lake via Glacier Pass and Moccasin Lake   Total of 7 miles and 3,000’ for the day.

Day 3: Hike through the Lakes Basin, passing Crescent, Douglas and Lee Lakes.  If we’re feeling energetic, we’ll drop our packs and skedaddle up to remote Razz Lake for lunch. Then return to our packs and drop down to our campsite by the West Fork of the Wallowa River.  Total of 9 miles with 1,500’ up and 3,000’ down.

Day 4:  Hike 6 miles and -1,800’ down the West Fork Wallowa River valley to the cars at Little Alps Trailhead.  Lunch in Joseph, then head home

The above itinerary assumes we have enough people to split this hike into two groups which will start from opposite trailheads and exchange keys in the middle.  If not, Day #3 becomes a loop day hike that ends back at our Mirror Lake campsite, and Day #4 is the reverse of Day #1.


Sep 30 2021 - Oct 02 2021


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