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Late snow in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon

This year it’s very late snow in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon.  I didn’t realize quite how deep, however!

Rich posted this article and wonderful photograph in the Outdoors blog of The Spokesman Review, the local newspaper in Spokane, WA, on August 3, 2011:

Whiteness greets hikers slogging deep into Eagle Cap Wilderness

Photo from the Outdoors blog of The Spokesman Review submitted by Rich on August 3, 2011 featuring Jeff Lambert of the Spokane Mountaineers

BACKPACKING — The photo above shows Jeff Lambert of the Spokane Mountaineers in the last weekend of July along with Mirror Lake and Eagle Cap Peak from Carper Pass — all popular backpacking destinations in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

The shot is worth a thousand words and a lot of slogging.

The high backcountry in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon requires hikers to be equipped for snow, including self-arrest tools.

Yahoo!  You’d think this was a photo from the Spring, not from August!  I’m thinking that there will still be snow from 2010-2011 when the 2011-2012 snow season starts again in September.

If you’re planning your Eastern Oregon vacation to include some hiking in the Wallowa Mountains, consider using the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph Oregon as a starting or ending point.  Nothing like a bit of pampering before or after the trail, especially this year.  And, we’ll await your phone call to ensure you made it out of the mountains.

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