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:
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.