Backpack - Big Sheep Basin, Bonny Lakes, Dollar Pass, Aneroid Lake & Imnaha Divide

Trip

Backpack - Big Sheep Basin, Bonny Lakes, Dollar Pass, Aneroid Lake & Imnaha Divide

SUBMIT LEADER PERMISSION REQUESTS BEGINNING 6/15. Explore Bonny Lakes-Imnaha Divide loop on a 3-4 day naturalist/photo-oriented backpack up to 24 miles to see the best wildflowers in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dramatic geology, wildlife, high passes and spectacular views of high peaks from the trail. Possible side trips to Aneroid Lake to camp, North Fork side trails, or Polaris Pass.

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  • Wed, Jul 21, 2021 — Sat, Jul 24, 2021
  • Seattle Backpacking Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Backpacking
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 24.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,820 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 8,500 ft

Meet (time TBD) at Tenderfoot Wagon Road trailhead.

Leader Permission Required with permission link form.  Do not submit form until registration opens 6/15.

Explore Bonny Lakes-Imnaha Divide loop on an exceptional, less-traveled 3-4 day naturalist/photo-oriented backpack up to 24 miles to see the best wildflowers in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dramatic geology, wildlife, butterflies (an Oregon hot spot), savor high passes and spectacular views of high peaks from the trail and camps.  Possible side trips to Aneroid Lake to camp, North Fork side trails, or Polaris Pass.

Route (counterclockwise):  Tenderfoot Wagon trail to Bonny Lakes, Dollar Lake (camp 1), Tenderfoot Pass, North Fork Imnaha trail, Tenderfoot Wagon trail to trailhead.  Allow for possible side trips to Aneroid Lake for camp 2, North Fork Imnaha side trails (possible camp 3), or Polaris Pass.

Leisurely to moderate pace to enjoy nature, photography opportunities, and scenery.

Expect easy stream crossings (via shallow wades with sandals, rock hops, log) on first day and last day, and one or more crossings on other days.

Trip report for Tenderfoot Trail high trail into the Wallowas (Bonny Lakes/Dollar Lake/Pete's Point/Imnaha Divide, etc.):  https://www.oregonlive.com/terryrichard/2012/08/tenderfoot_trail_offers_a_high.html

See link to wildflower list on route/place details.

Consider extending your backpacking in the Wallowas, and add July 26-28 Frances Lake backpack (S. of Lostine).

Details including daily itinerary, to follow.

Route/Place

Big Sheep Basin, Bonny Lakes, Dollar Pass, Aneroid Lake & Imnaha Divide


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Wading sandals
  • Trekking poles recommended
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