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Hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness: Maxwell Lake

Bill and I slipped out again for another quick hike in the Eagle Cap Wilderness–this time to Maxwell Lake.  Maxwell Lake is located about 4 miles from the trailhead near the end of the Upper Lostine River Road.  The trailhead is accessible throughout the summer and into the fall and is about one hour’s drive from our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast. 

The lake itself is a 4 mile hike from the trailhead, making it one of the more accessible of the high lakes in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  The first three miles of trail are four long, slow switchbacks with occasional views of Eagle Cap Peak.  The last mile is the toughest–0.7 mile of creekbed to hike up, a small pass, followed by 0.3 mile of slow descent into the basin holding Maxwell Lake. 

Maxwell Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Northeastern Oregon

But, the effort is well worth it–even for a couple of less-than-well-conditioned innkeepers.  Take a look at the view! 

Not long after we finished our lunch another couple showed up with fishing gear.  There are plenty of hungry trout in this crystal clear lake looking for something to eat.

If you’re looking for an outdoorsy, physical romantic getaway Oregon style, then maybe the hike to Maxwell Lake’s for you. 

After lunch we spread out our blanket for a little snooze.  Nothing like sharing a few moments in the outdoors with the one you love!

We keep a variety of hiking guides and maps here at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast.  If you like, we’ll help steer you to outdoor adventures of varying degrees of difficulty.  Just bring along your hiking boots and outdoor clothes and we’ll help you plan the rest!


  1. Heather! Thank you for your visit to my blog and I hope you have a chance to hike to Aneroid Lake before it gets too chilly!!

    I love your blog and will surely be back to Joseph sometime soon. Your B and B looks amazing and I really want to come and stay there!

    I just posted about Imnaha and honestly had the best time ever in the area. You live in heaven!

    Hopefully we will meet soon when I come to stay at your B and B!
    Take care,

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