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Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, OR (Aug 18th - Aug 24th 2019)

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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.

This project will focus on restoration of braided trails and general trail maintenance in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. We’ll meet Saturday evening for a brief project overview and opportunity to get to know each other at a local brew pub before heading into the Wilderness via the Two Pan Trailhead on Sunday morning. We’ll be camped just north of Minam Lake, near the headwaters of the Minam and Lostine Wild and Scenic Rivers. The area contains classic northwest alpine terrain; we’ll be camped just below timberline with glacially carved granite in all directions! We’ll hike about 5 miles to our base camp location and gain approximately 2500’ in elevation (6000’-7500’). The Forest Service will use pack stock to get tools, food and group gear to camp. You’ll only need to pack your personal items for the week!

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.

Dates

Aug 18th - Aug 24th 2019

Service Project

Trail maintenance, crosscut log removal, installing erosion control structures and brushing

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Free Days

Hiking to the top of Eagle Cap, swimming, wildflowers, photography, relaxing

Accommodations

Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : ~6 mile backpack with a 1400' elevation gain, bending, digging, lifting. Pack animal supported.

Leaders

Tom Driscoll
Ross Holloway

Equipment List

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