Annual Backpacking Trip

This year we travel to NE Oregon to begin our annual 5 day backpacking trip. EagleCap2012 - OldBackpackersThis year I have 4 other men joining me and we will be hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness through the Wallowa Mountains. The trip is based on a loop but incorporated a few days for side loops.

EagleCap2012 - GregBlueLake

Blue Lake

The wilderness beauty was beyond what I expected. All five of us started from Two Pan Trailhead heading up the Minam Lake Trail, spending 2 nights at Minam Lake with a day trip over to Blue Lake. Minam lake provided swimming, fishing and serious relaxation. We were even treated to a sunset on the second evening.

Minam Lake

Three of us continued over over the 8548′ Carper pass on the Ivan Carper Trail #1661 into the Lakes Basin. The climb is challenging and mostly exposed.

 

EagleCap2012 - Lakes Basin

We passed by Mirror Lake and ended up camping at Moccasin Lake planning on a few nights with days hikes and more fishing. We hiked the Basin Lakes loop over by Douglas Lake and back.

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My buddies were tired but I felt like I needed to see Glacier Lake up above in front of Eagle Cap. This solo climb to Glacier Lake was the ultimate highlight for me. Here is a glimpse.

Glacier Lake - Eagle Cap

Glacier Lake – Eagle Cap

You could incorporate a loop up past Glacier Lake down to the Frazier Lakes and back around to the Lakes Basin area.

EagleCap2012 - StreamOutOfGlacierLake

Stream from Glacier Lake Heading Down to the Frazier Lakes

We ended this awesome trip by hiking out along the East Fork of Lostine Trail #1662.

East Fork of Lostine

East Fork of Lostine

About ghsmith76

Serious Backpacker, Grandfather, Volunteer, Advisor, Mentor and still Technologically Aware Greg retired as a technologist who served as a Chief Information Officer in Higher Education at Western Washington University, Missouri University of Science, Technology, George Fox University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard. Other early jobs included IT activity in the oil shale and coal mining industries along with owning a computer store in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Posted on August 6, 2012, in Backpacking, Pacific Northwest, Wilderness and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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