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Backpack - Frances Lake

SUBMIT LEADER PERMISSION REQUESTS BEGINNING 6/15. Backpack to the rarely visited, beautiful Frances Lake, nestled in a high alpine basin below Hurricane Divide in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains. Ascend well-graded switchbacks over an 8,600 ft pass and descend 900 feet to the lake. Explore meadows, streams and tarns in the lake basin, enjoy birds near the trail and lake, mountain goats and other wildlife on slopes of Hurricane Divide above the lake.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft

7:30am Frances Lake-Bowman trailhead parking area.

SUBMIT LEADER PERMISSION REQUESTS BEGINNING 6/15 WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS.  Leader Permission Required with permission link form.

Backpack to the rarely visited, beautiful Frances Lake, nestled in a high alpine basin below Hurricane Divide in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains. Ascend well-graded switchbacks over an 8,600 ft pass and descend 900 feet to the lake. Explore meadows, streams and tarns in the lake basin, enjoy birds near the trail and lake, mountain goats and other wildlife on slopes of Hurricane Divide above the lake.

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

No water available between trailhead and Frances Lake. 

Consider extending your backpacking in the Wallowas, and add the July 21-24 Bonney Lakes-Imnaha Divide backpack.

Details including daily itinerary, to follow.

Route/Place

Frances Lake


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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
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