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Looking for some advice on the Wallowa Lake area for day hiking. I have one day during a family reunion that my wife says I can get out and have fun. My plan is to hike up to Ice Lake and hopefully continue up to tag the summit of the Matterhorn. I just want to be sure there is nothing Day hikeable that would be more worthwhile.
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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.
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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.
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Ya I would go to either Ice lake or instead head towards Glacier Lake or the Lake Basin area(Might
not get there in just a day hike but might get to Frazier lake) instead of Aneroid Lake. Why?
Well unlike Washington and the Mount Hood area the snowpack in Eagle Cap is pretty low and Aneroid Lake
area seems to get less snow than Ice Lake and the Glacier Lake/Lakes Basin Area and so if you're
like me and like your scenery with more runoff and more snow on your mountains then I would go for
Ice lake or head towards Glacier Lake/Lakes Basin area.

Oh and BTW on the trail that splits to Ice Lake, you will come across a section of the trail that crosses
a river and it might appear that there is no way across but if you look a little closer there is a log
that should enable to cross(although you might have to cross carefully).  Water levels should be lower
than last year then again you're going about 3 weeks earlier than I did last year.

ya but portland hikers is the best hiking forum to ask these questions(haven't posting there in
a while. Damn I think I need to get back posting there)


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Thanks for the info Den.

I've been checking snotel pretty regular and it seems to show me getting there right after the thaw. Rangers say everything is snowed in and frozen, but the data proves otherwise.

The Matterhorn should be doable because the approach is South facing (I believe) and even if there is snow I'm confident I can handle it or know my limits.

I really want to find the hole in the rock between the Matterhorn and Sac.
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Success! I'll be posting a TR in the next few days.
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