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The Wallowas

January 2008: Exploring Frigid Wallowa County

Ponderosa Frost
The long needles and short cones of a Ponderosa Pine sport a fresh frosty coat.
Frosted Ponderosa Pines tower toward the sky.
Ice Swan
This Tundra Swan was likely wondering why it didn't migrate further south.
Frosted Landscape
An overnight winter frost coats the trees above a small creek in Wallowa County.
A lonely snow-covered field sees a brief bit of blue sky.
Ice Barbs
Ice crystals grow on an old barbed-wire fenceline.
Wallowa Reflections
Ripples on Wallow Lake reflect the snowy Wallowa Mountains and deep blue winter sky.

July 2003: A Hike to Eagle Cap via the E. Fork Lostine River

Eagle Cap Reflections
Eagle Cap, at 9572ft elevation, isn't the highest mountain in the Wallowa Range, but it is one of the most majestic. This is a view of Eagle Cap from the valley of the Lostine River, which winds north through a broad glacial valley.
Eagle Cap at Night
A sky filled with stars sweeps above the Eagle Cap at night. This photo shows the movement during a 6 minute exposure.
The western anenomae blooms early in the season. When it goes to seed, it resembles a pipe cleaner, or an old bushy-bearded man.
Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake is aptly named. Petes Point is reflected in this view to the west.
Eagle Cap at Sunset
Eagle Cap glows in the evening sun. We'd stood atop this 9,572ft mountain just a few hours earlier.
Upper Lostine Valley
This is a view from the slopes of Eagle Cap to the north, down the E. Fork of the Lostine River.
Down the Lostine
This view south shows another of the majestic valleys emmenating from Eagle Cap - the E. Fork of Eagle Creek.
Snow Combs
The action of melting snow produces deep trenches that make walking difficult at times. The larger trenches shown here are 4 feet deep.

Where is it?

The Wallowas are a range of mountains in far northeastern Oregon.

Before you go...
A few of the most popular backpacking areas in the Wallowas can get crowded in the middle of summer, but head just a few miles down a less traveled path, and you'll think you've discovered a new world.

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