Ice Lake & Matterhorn

Backpack to and scramble the second highest peak in eastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. This white limestone peak is perched along the Hurwal Divide with its west face towering 4,000 feet above the Hurricane Creek valley. It is 18 miles round trip and 5,300 feet of elevation gain and approached from the east via the Ice Lake Trail, a nice destination in its own right. A climber's boot track leads most of the way to the summit.

Getting There

Take Exit 261 off of I-84 and drive south on OR-82 to Joseph. Drive through Joseph staying on the highway, Main St in town, and continue as it becomes OR-351, Wallowa Lake Highway, to the Wallowa River Trailhead at the road's end in Wallowa Lake State Park (4,640 ft).

On the Trail

Ice Lake (7,848 ft)

15.6 Miles Round Trip, 3,500 feet of elevation gain

Hike 2.7 miles on the West Fork Wallowa River Trail, No. 1820, and turn right onto the Ice Lake Trail, No. 1808. Hike 4.3 miles to campsites at Ice Lake (7,748 ft).

The Matterhorn (9,826 ft)

18 miles round trip, 5,300 feet of elevation gain

 From Ice Lake, find the climbers' boot path on the north shore of the lake and follow it to the summit of the Matterhorn (9,826 ft).


  • Guidebook: 100 Hikes / Travel Guide Eastern Oregon, 3rd ed. by William Sullivan (Navillus Press, 2015).
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous/Very Strenuous, Technical 2
  • Length: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft
  • 9,826 ft
  • Green Trails Wallowa Mountains No. 475SX
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