Road trip! Josh and I started here and then went over Aneroid to get to Dollar Ridge and Pete's Point. Trip report
What's this talk about a tram?
Hiked East and Hidden Peaks from the Mount Howard tram on my way to Aneroid Mountain and Dollar Ridge. The tram's extended summer hours provided an earlier start than otherwise.
In my younger years this would have beent the perfect trail to trail run and hit Aneroid, Hidden, and East peaks. Now I can barely make it back for the tram down.
Have been up Hidden Peak twice, but finally made it up East Peak from the other side.
Was our first time to the Wallowa's, and what a beautiful area. We tried to go for Aneroid from the tram, but settled at the top of Hidden. Just went around East peak both times, but enjoyed the whole area. Saw some elk down in one of the valleys.
Amazing views from the summit of Hidden and East. Descended the west side of Dollar Peak and camped at the base of Pete's Point. Hit the summit of Pete's on the 16th and descended the E Fork Wallowa.
Finally reached the real peaks...and 5 days in the wilderness begins!
The scariest part of this for me was the tram up. Never seen one of these so it scared me a bit with all the noise. My dad was patient and took me up a few times, further and further each time until I was able to get on the tram. Oh yeah, we had to get special permission for me to go on the tram as apparently, they normally discriminate against my kind. But, they understood we were hiking in and not taking thr tram down and they allowed it and were actually really cool, making sure I was all right. They didn't even charge for me to ride the tram. Once I was on it, it wasn't too bad. I liked the meaadow up top on Mt. Howard and then ate some grasshoppers on the hike to East and Hidden. I REALLY liked the snow field below the summit on Hidden. After we hit these peaks, we went on to Aneroid. Long ridge though and I kep thinking we were on East when there are about 3 fals summits along the way.
Came up the tram with Flanders and Lunadog and headed south. Thought some of the false summits before we got to East Peak were the actual thing and hiked to the top of one with a cairn thinking we were summiting. When we got to the summit of East Peak with our 45 pound packs we realized we were in for a longer day. Played in the snow field on the west side of Hidden with my dog before heading off to Aneroid.
1971: After a ride on the new tram with my family, my dad set off for Aneroid with my uncle while I headed up East. Only problem was I "forgot" to tell anyone where I was going and I didn't find my mom and sister at the last place I had seen them upon my descent (duh). Needless to say, I was a little nervous (frantic, actually) but found them back at the trail around the tram terminus. I was too brave and/or stupid but it did give me a new respect and sense of independence.
The East Peak summit was obscured in clouds, which cleared up enough once I reached the top so that I could see Hidden Peak and the traverse route. Lowlaying fog rolled over the ridge in waves all day, blotting out visibility at times and being able to see across the range to Eagle Cap at others.
Resummited East Peak with my brother Luke and girlfriend Kelsey
Resummited Hidden en route to Aneroid with Larry
First couple stops on the way to Petes Point from the Tram
My brother Pat and I took our backpacks up the tram and traversed East Peak, Hidden Peak, and Aneroid Mountain enroute to Dollar Lake. The T-storms started about half way up Aneroid, but there was no escape. Wish the tram started earlier.
Left the tram at 10:50. Reached East Peak summit at 11:55. Left at noon to tag Hidden and Aneroid. It is a nice hike by itself if you don't have a lot of time, or if you do, to combine with Hidden and Aneroid to make a great 3 summit day. Mostly sunny and temps around 50 on the summit.
Note: My GPS altimeter had East at 9390 feet, Hidden at 9495 feet and Aneroid at 9711 feet for what it's worth.
did East and Hidden from the tram- pleasant hiking. The rock was firm enough for quick walking
Rode the tram up with my mom's hiking group. Wandered over to East Peak while the rest of the group ate. Can't ever get enough of the Wallowas.
Very scenic traverse along the ridge with awesome views of the Wallowas! Had to turn around at East Peak due to looming thunderstorms. Would have loved to finish the traverse to Aneroid Mtn!
Climbed with clam. See five day five person trip report.
Climbed on our first day of a 5 day Wallowa Journey.
Went up the tram and hit both the peaks following the ridge.
Backcountry trip from Mount Howard spanning over to Polaris Pass where we dropped down into the Wallowa drainage to hike out. Had great weather during the mid-August days but temperatures during the night were often colder than anticipated. Moving towards Polaris Peak on the trail we met several parties, but mostly had the mountains to ourselves.