The rugged and remote Wallowa Mountains in the far northeastern corner of Oregon contain 18 peaks over 9,000 feet and 31 peaks over 8,000 feet, with the picturesque town of Joseph at their base. And Eagle Cap Wilderness, at over 355,000 acres and Oregon's largest wilderness, encompasses the heart of the Wallowa Mountains, once home to the Nez Perce Indians. So far we’ve taken a scenic drive, ridden our bikes through the valley, and hiked into the wilderness. What a beautiful place! I’m having a difficult time finding the words to describe this area, so I’ll just let the photos do the talking and keep the words to a minimum.
Scenic drive north along Oregon Highway 3/ Washington Highway 129. Joseph Canyon Viewpoint.
At around three miles we came to an overlook of Slick Rock canyon, a good place for lunch and our turn-around point.
Although we hiked through the trees some of the time, most of the trail was in the open so we could take in the views.
We did a beautiful bike loop around the Wallowa Valley.
Jim bought a strange new saddle in the quest for comfort. After two rides the verdict is it’s going back. New seat on the right, Ride Out Carbon Comfort Seat. (Not comfortable, I tried it, too.)
We have several more things planned for our time in Joseph. Luckily we were able to extend our stay a couple extra nights.