The Wallowa Mountains are one of the premier mountain ranges in the western U.S., however they are less known than many others. The Falcon Guide by Fred Barstad is the authoritative and most complete guide book written for the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which encompasses most of the mountain range. The book provides informative general information on the natural history before launching into a nearly complete account of all the trails and trail heads, where they can be found, what peaks and lakes they access as well as hiking maps and elevation gain/loss charts. The maps are helpful, but should just be used for general overview and are not meant to replace good topographic quad maps one should have on a trip into the Wallowas.
The guide divides the mountains up into four geographic sections: the north central, western, southern, and eastern, which together includes 100 routes. There is also a section on scramble climbs for 17 popular routes, mostly on the northern front of the range. I have used this book on several occasions and found the accuracy of the descriptions and the mountains in general to be excellent. Its evident that Barstad really visited most if not all the places he talks about.
From the Back Cover
Lace up your boots and head into Oregon's remote Wallowa Mountains. Explore this wonderland of more than fifty glacial lakes, miles of streams designated as National Wild and Scenic Rivers, hundreds of soaring peaks, and open meadows with elk, deer, bighorn sheep, coyote, black bear, and cougar.Climb Aneroid, Chief Joseph, and Matterhorn Mountains; hike the Eagle River, Cliff Creek, and Deadman Canyon; or visit Razz, Blue, and Bonny Lakes. Veteran hiker and outdoor writer Fred Barstad will introduce you to these trails and many more. Inside you'll find: up-to-date trail information; maps, photos, and elevation profiles; information on bears and cougars; difficulty, maintenance, and traffic ratings for each hike; access information to the Dihedrals climbing area.Whether you are planning a day hike or an extended backpacking trip, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness. (6 X 9, 328 pages, b&w photos, maps, graphs)
Product DetailsList Price: $16.95
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Falcon; 2.00 edition (April 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces