At nearly 360,000 acres, the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeast Oregon is the state's largest designated Wilderness Area. It includes the heart of the Wallowa Mountains, once home to the Nez Perce people. It also qualifies as the state's largest continuous alpine area and encompasses Legore Lake, at 8,880 feet the highest lake above sea level in the state. Approximately 534 miles of trails provide myriad opportunities to travel this area by foot. This vast mountain lake region is surrounded by open meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and classical U-shaped glacial valleys thickly forested in their lower sections and rising to scattered stands of alpine timber. Elevations start at about 3,000 feet and top out at 9,845 feet on Sacajawea Peak. Many fish species can be found in the miles of streams and rivers, and forest wildlife such as elk, deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, bobcats, and mountain lions roam this wilderness.
Our group will backpack about 4 miles, from the Tenderfoot trailhead to our basecamp, just outside beautiful Bonny Lake. The campsite will be tucked in the Wilderness surrounded by snow capped peaks and located in a beautiful meadow. Project tasks will include a significant amount of crosscut log removal, restoration of trail segments, installing erosion control structures and brushing. The Forest Service will supply pack support to carry the tools, food and commissary gear to camp and we’ll each backpack our own camping gear.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Check out more photos from last year's Eagle Cap Wilderness service project in our photo gallery.
We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan an extra couple days in the area before the trip to acclimate to the elevation for your own safety. Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling from low elevation to high elevation and getting acclimatized before the trip is one of the easiest ways to prevent it. If you have had problems with altitude before, be sure to check with your doctor before coming. If you need ideas on things to do/see before the trip contact your leaders.
Sep 9th - Sep 16th 2017
Trail maintenance, crosscut log removal, installing erosion control structures and brushing
Hiking to the top of Eagle Cap, swimming, wildflowers, photography, relaxing
Strenuous : 4 mile backpack, bending, digging, lifting. Pack animal supported.