Route Climbed: East Ridge via Ice Lake Date Climbed: July 27, 2002
Hiked in the day before our climb with my buddies Bill and Miles. Camped at Ice Lake and watched fish jump in the water and deer run through our camp. The next morning we followed the cairns up from the west side of the lake to the red ridge and then scrambled up on our own once we hit grey granite. Surprised some goats up top who scampered off to the slopes of Sacajawea. Incredible views up top of grey peak after grey peak with snow fields between them all. Lots of big granite walls thousands of feet high all around. Very cool place! Descended down via scree fields from the peak between Matterhorn and Sacajeawea. What took us about an hour and a half from Ice Lake took about half an hour surfing sand most of the way down.
Route Climbed: East slopes Date Climbed: July 1986
My friend Bob and I went to the Wallowas for a weekend trip in July 1986. We hiked to Ice Lake and camped there. On the way up to the lake we were passed by a couple of very fit lady teachers from Alaska who said they were planning to climb Matterhorn as well. We didn't see where they were camped, but in the morning they got a head start on us, then waited for us to catch up, and we all climbed together. The route is easy to follow and the views are great! Now that we know that Sacajawea is higher then Matterhorn, I wish we had taken the time for it as well!