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Great Trip: Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

Great Trip: Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

By Michael Lanza

Forget for a moment where you are while hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and you might look around and mistake the sharply angled, granite peaks and crystal-clear lakes for the High Sierra. But in the Eagle Cap, which occupies a big chunk of the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon, you won’t find the Sierra’s crowds (except in a few, popular corners like the Lakes Basin on nice summer weekends) or competition for backcountry permits. Load up your backpack and explore these mountains for a long weekend or a week in summer or early fall to explore this place with a backpack.

Scroll through the photos below from my family’s five-day, 40-mile loop hike, which took in the gorgeous Lakes Basin and offers the option of tagging the 9,572-foot summit of Eagle Cap, but also included lonelier lakes and passes that are just as pretty. Then read my story about that trip, “Learning the Hard Way: Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness,” which has more photos, a video, and plenty of info for planning the trip yourself.

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Michael Lanza

A former field editor and primary gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.

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