Road trip! Did this ridge traverse the day after Eagle Cap. Trip report
Looooooooooong day hiking in from Wallowa Lake trailhead, to the Matterhorn, across the ridge to Peak 9775 and back down. Skipped on Sacajawea due to fatigue and it getting late. Still got back to the car at dark after a 14 hour, 22 mile day. LOVED Ice Lake and the Wallowas; very impressive mountain range.
Made it up early for some clear views before smoky haze rolled in later in the day.
I liked this peak so much, I came back a week later with Josh Lewis to introduce him to these beautiful mountains.
This was my first trip climbing in the Wallowas and I sure to return many times in the future. I love the geology and how the Matterhorn is situated right in the middle of the range. Cammie and I saw mountain goats on the way up and enjoyed every minute of this beautiful place. Spectacular!
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.
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.
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.
It was worthwhile going in this way and having the secluded campsite, away from Ice Lake.
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!
ice lake was really cold
Great solo trip. From Ice Lake to the Matterhorn (my third, counting Disneyland and the Sierra), peak 9775, Sacajawea, and Hurwal Divide.
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.
and fun day.
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.
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!
Nice easy climb for 1st Wallowa peak. Came from Ice Lake and decended a side scree field. Great peak.
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!
8/16/09 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.
7/28/02 With Bill and Miles. Not sure how or why my original summitlog entry was deleted but whatever. Guessing at this date but it is within a day or so.