South Fork Imnaha River Trail

Hike a challenging 36+ miles with nearely 6,000 feet of elevation gain in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. Visit the "blue hole" and travel over Hawkins Pass to Frazier Lake with mountains rising up on both sides of the trail. The trailhead at 4,580 ft is accessible earlier than much of the Wallowa area.

Getting There

From Joseph, drive SR-350 south 8 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 39 (Wallowa Mountain Loop Road). Drive 40 miles, turn right onto Forest Road 3960, and drive 10 miles to Indian Crossing Campground and the trailhead (4,580 ft).

On the Trail

Hike two miles to Blue Hole, deep pool running through sheer rock walls. Continue along the river through pine forest gradually climbing but staying below 6,000 ft for the first 11 miles, traveling through a valley with mountains on both sides of the trail. Then gain 2,300 feet in the next 5 miles to Hawkins Pass and panoramic views. Hike down the switchbacks, 1,200 feet in two miles, to Frazier Lake.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 34.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,826 ft
  • 8,330 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Wallowa Mountains No. 475SX
  • Imus Geographics Wallowa Mountains
  • USGS Cornucopia, OR
  • USGS Krag Peak, OR
  • USGS Eagle Cap, OR
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - South Fork Imnaha River Trail

Backpacking Trip
We will explore the lesser visited and lower east side of the Wallowas by traveling
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Jun 17, 2022 - Mon, Jun 20, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 15
Olympia Branch
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