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Eagle Cap Summit Trail #1805

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (3)

This steep and narrow trail reaches the summit of Eagle Cap and awesome views!


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

56%

Runnable

9,518' 2,901 m

High

8,280' 2,524 m

Low

1,241' 378 m

Up

43' 13 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This is a steep mile-and-a-half singletrack that makes a great day-excursion during a longer overnight trip. If approaching it from Mirror Lake, like most do, runners will have already put in almost a mile of steep switchback climbing up the East Eagle Trail #1910.

From the split, the rocky singletrack works up the ridge through a particularly steep section. Once on the ridge, continue southwest through small scattered trees. Depending on how recently the trail has been maintained, you may encounter a few small sections of wash outs. The grade through this section is less steep, so enjoy the reprieve.

Once the singletrack moves away from the edge, it begins to steepen again. The final sections of trail follow a narrow bench-cut slicing across a steep and loose hillside. As runners approach the summit, they'll climb through a short cluster of trees before reaching the expansive views at the edge. As you spin around, you'll be able to see long valleys, high mountains, and a slew of alpine lakes far below!

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Eric Ashley

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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The loose and gravelly trail at the top climbs through dwarfed trees and distant views.
Jul 27, 2017 near Joseph, OR
Are you going to finish that sandwich? You'll find a number of chipmunks scavenging at the top.
Jul 27, 2017 near Joseph, OR
Looking SW into the Minam River canyon.  Trail 1910 descending from Horton Pass visible.
Sep 1, 2019 near Joseph, OR
Glaicer Lake from Eagle Cap Summit looking east.  The Wallowa River canyon is visible.
Sep 1, 2019 near Joseph, OR
View from the summit with Mirror Lake, Sunshine Lake and Moccasin Lake in the foreground.
Jul 27, 2017 near Joseph, OR
Glacier lake lies almost due west of the summit. The photo use a heavy graduated filter for the dark skies.
Jul 27, 2017 near Joseph, OR

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