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locke456Ice Lake: Best Camping Spot Ever?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2012

locke456

Route: East Ridge via Ice Lake

A pretty straightforward (and frankly boring, by Wallowas standards) switchbacking hike for the first few miles, but once you top out at Ice Lake, it's all more than worth it. What a beautiful place in early November snow. Camped there overnight during a full moon and hardly slept because I spent half the night scrambling around on the rocks near my campsite and taking in the moonlight shining off the ice on top of the peak.

The next morning's climb was gorgeous and pretty straightforward. With deep, new(ish) snow and high winds, the ridge up to the face was a little hairy, but luckily I'd brought crampons.
Posted Oct 8, 2013 10:39 pm

louhibbardMatterhorn/Sacajawea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013
Fun dayhike - liked the ridge traverse and loved the easy scree/sand descent. Went via Ice Lake.
Did anyone else notice the great big "kettlehole" a little below the ridge line between Matterhorn and intermediate peak. Maybe 20' wide and at least 40' deep. Glacier ground?
Taylor's Falls in Minnesota has similar ones.
Posted Aug 18, 2013 10:53 pm

drootFrom Ice Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

droot

Pretty straightforward trail from Ice Lake leads to the summit. Nice views from the top, and the west face is quite the sight to see. Afterwards we traversed the ridge over to Sacajawea, which is a much funner mountain to climb.

There was no summit register when we climbed, and people were scratching their names in the rocks sadly enough. Needs a new register.
Posted Sep 25, 2012 10:03 am

idpeakgirlFrom Thorp Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2004

idpeakgirl

It was worthwhile going in this way and having the secluded campsite, away from Ice Lake.
Posted Jul 24, 2011 4:42 pm

mnpalermMatterhorn dayhike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2010

mnpalerm

This was such a nice day hike, just about 20 miles! I intended on camping at Ice Lake but lost my tent poles somewhere along the trail. Hardly any people at all, no tracks in the snow up the summit. Great solitude and awesome view!
Posted Feb 18, 2011 9:27 pm

mansfieofrom ice lake  Sucess!

mansfieo

ice lake was really cold
Posted Dec 20, 2010 11:07 pm

SnowsloggerThreeFer (maybe four)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010

Snowslogger

Great solo trip. From Ice Lake to the Matterhorn (my third, counting Disneyland and the Sierra), peak 9775, Sacajawea, and Hurwal Divide.
Posted Aug 24, 2010 3:43 pm

Troy BRoute: Ice Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010

Troy B

Left late on the 29th and hiked up for an overnighter at Ice Lake. Made an early ascent up Matterhorn then traversed over to Sacajawea Pk. Nice view of the lakes basin from the summit. Excellent trip.
Posted Jul 31, 2010 1:07 pm

lloydA looong &  Sucess!

lloyd

and fun day.
Posted May 3, 2010 1:31 am

alpinedonRetro-signing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2002

alpinedon

Climbed the Matterhorn from a camp at Ice Lake with my friend Ryan. Easy hiking and scrambling and a relatively short trail as I recall led to the summit. Ryan descended after that and I went on alone to Sacajawea.
Posted Nov 22, 2009 10:12 pm

BSPclimberIce Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

BSPclimber

Dayhike from Wallowa Lake TH. Left at 7:30, up to Ice Lake by 10:45. Left the lake at 11, summit at 12:45. Stayed on top for a while, what a great view. Down to Ice Lake in an hour, steep going, which I paid for in blisters and sore legs on the last 4 miles. Despite walking like an invaild for the last 4 miles, made it back to the TH by 5:30. A beautiful area, would like to camp at Ice Lake someday. Note to self...6000 miles of cycling in 9 months does NOT mean you should do 19 miles and 5500 feet of climbing for your first real hike of the year. I could hardly walk for 3 days after!
Posted Sep 16, 2009 4:06 pm

FlandersPeak 1 of trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Flanders

Nice easy climb for 1st Wallowa peak. Came from Ice Lake and decended a side scree field. Great peak.
Posted Aug 29, 2009 9:49 pm

LunadogFirst 9000'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Lunadog

With my dad and Flanders. First time wearing the rubber boots on a peak since the granite on this one is so crumbly and sharp on my pads. Took a nap at the summit and licked a cute girl's face from Beaverton. Went out a bit on the ridge to Sacajawea but not having opposable thumbs, I couldn't get past the scrambly part. So, Flanders and I waited until Dad tagged Sac and came back. Had a blast in the sand on the way down diving into it. Skiing sand is fun! Also, I tried to herd the deer together at Ice Lake but it didn't work so well. Those guys are fast!
Posted Aug 24, 2009 6:36 pm

Brian JenkinsTwice is nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Brian Jenkins

Again from Ice Lake with Flanders and Lunadog. Beautiful climb and peak. Goats were on the ridge on Hurwal Divide this day. Enjoyed sun and stunning views on the summit before heading off to Sacajawea via the ridge. Skied scree on the way down again from the line between the false summit and Hurwal Divide. Sat in the sand below and rested before spending another night at Ice Lake.
Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:03 am

dervinice lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 1997

dervin

After the climb my brother split his heel open swing through a water fall.
Posted Feb 12, 2009 11:38 pm

boisedocice lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

boisedoc

fun hike. Ice Lake is very pretty as is are the waterfalls below it. The view from the summit is also pretty swell!
Posted Aug 11, 2008 1:10 am

Mr. ClamIce Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

Mr. Clam

Great fun, continued on to Sacajawea.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 8:56 pm

Infected MushroomTraverse to Sacajawea peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

Infected Mushroom

Ice lake is amazing. Ridgeline to sacajawea was fun. Saw three goats real close on decent.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 8:10 pm

Bark EaterBighorn sheep on way to summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 1981

Bark Eater

Had a wonderful scramble to the summit after spending the night camping at Ice Lake. The weather was clear, and the views were awesome. We enjoyed seeing some Bighorn Sheep on the way up.
Posted Sep 2, 2007 4:53 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: Ice Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

jomal

Climbed this on the last day of a five day hike in the Wallowas with my girlfriend. Finished it off with a chilly dip in Ice Lake! This place is easily the most incredible place I've ever been!
Posted Aug 21, 2007 7:51 pm

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