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Wallowa Lake Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The West Fork Wallowa River above the trailhead (bobcat)
The crowded trailhead for the Wallowa River trails (VanMarmot)


Hikes starting here

Fees and regulations

  • Self-issued Wilderness Permit at trailhead
  • Keep dogs on leash in the trailhead area: there are often horses here, and the resident mule deer population may be scrounging for handouts.

Driving Directions

Drive I-84 east and take Exit 261 for Highway 82, La Grande and Elgin. After exiting, turn right for Highway 82, Elgin, and Wallowa Lake.

After 1.6 miles, go left at a traffic light on Highway 82/McAlister Road for Imbler, Elgin, and Enterprise.

Drive 17.9 miles to Elgin and turn right at a Stop sign for Wallowa, Lostine, and Enterprise.

Keeping on Highway 82, drive 44.2 miles into Enterprise.

In Enterprise, turn right onto River Street and drive 6.4 miles into Joseph.

Continue on Main Street in Joseph and follow the Wallowa Lake Highway, now Highway 351, for 5.9 miles along the east shore of Wallowa Lake.

At the south end of the lake, go left at a signposted fork and drive 0.5 miles up Power House Road to the large Wallowa Lake Trailhead.


  • There are picnic tables and restrooms as well as an information kiosk with a map at the trailhead.
  • For a longer stay near the trailhead, there are many options: the State Park Campground, cabins, and other lodgings.


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