(texasbb @ Jun. 22 2012, 12:53 am)
If you need to start at the Wallowa Lake trailhead, that's probably gonna be hard to beat. Disclaimer: I've never actually been to Ice Lake, just seen the pictures. But I've been up both the east and west forks of the Wallowa River and, though there's really nice stuff both ways, it's a good bit farther through relatively unremarkable forest.
Thanks for the info.
I've been lurking at Portland Hikers for a while now and read the threads about the area there. Given my time restrictions I was also considering Aneroid Lake.
My goal was to get to some good alpine conditions and Ice Lake with a possible Matterhorn summit seems to fir the bill. I'll just get up at 5 on July 5th and try to beat the drunks on horses up the trail.