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

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 various universities. 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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