After the climb my brother split his heel open swing through a water fall.
fun hike. Ice Lake is very pretty as is are the waterfalls below it. The view from the summit is also pretty swell!
Great fun, continued on to Sacajawea.
Ice lake is amazing. Ridgeline to sacajawea was fun. Saw three goats real close on decent.
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.
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!
Climbed from the south side of Ice Lake. Nice 2hr climb. Ran into some Mt. Goats a few times. Headed over to Sacajawea for a great day in the Wallowas.
I climbed this on a brilliant sunny day with my brother and my grad school roomate. We had a great hike with a few scrambles thrown in. Unfortunately once we were back at camp we decided to rappel into a waterfall to cool off and I split my heal open on a rock and had to be carried back to the trailhead on a pack horse. Not the way I envisioned descending!
My friend Jim an I hiked into Ice Lake and camped. The next morning we got up and were on the summit by 8AM. Great Trip!
10/1/1995 Ice Lake
8/5/1999 Ice Lake
On the last backpack trip with parents and siblings. We started up the drainage of the creek that comes into the SE end of the lake, under Craig. We then scrambled up the ridge between that drainage and Ice Lake to avoid difficulties I can't recall. There was some granite boulder hopping and Dad belayed us across one chute. A little more scrambling than the usual route. The string of tarns up that drainage was beautiful, though the highest one was shallow, warm and buggy. After reaching the top we walked a little way along the ridge towards Sac and then returned to Ice Lake more or less on the standard route. No cairns then, but the way was obvious. My recollection is that the day before, swithbacking up to Ice Lake with a pack, was harder than going to Matterhorn, but my feet were really sore at the end of Matterhorn day.
Came from Ice Lake. Was with some crazy nor-dakota bros. we found the trail a little difficult to follow and ended up on some nasty loose scree. good times!
Hiked up from Ice Lake while backpacking in the Wallowas with a friend in August 1977. I remember the trail as being dicier in spots than reported in the accounts here or in guidebooks that I have read. I still rate the area around Ice Lake as one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been.
Gathering smoke near the basin obscured views a bit, but very worth it. Didn't take time for Sacajawea on account of weather (and tired legs!), but saw four mountain goats on the descent. Great climb in a beautiful locale.
Wonderful Trail with great scenery- although because of several fires in the region (the Columbia Complex fire of ~90K acres) obscured the views of neighboring peaks of the Wallowas. This was a long day hike! I started near Wallowa Lake and managed to hike around 19 miles and 5400 verts in a single shot. Great peak, great place and Great memories for sure.
Climbed this one with my brother on our way from Boise to Portland. We hiked up late in the afternoon and camped on the east side of Ice Lake, woke up in the am and headed up the east ridge. Great views from the summit! Since we were soooo close, we just had to hike the ridge to Sacajawea which had some short class 3 sections. We returned to camp to find another group had set up their camp not 100 feet from our tent (bastards!) so we had to listen to them and their whining dog the rest of the evening. Still, it was a great trip.
Did it as a 3 day, with 2 nights at Ice Lake. Deer on the way up, and mountain goats right before the penultimate scree pitch.
Next time, take enough food/water and leave early enough on summit day to give the Sacaj traverse a try. 1 or 2 weeks earlier in season would have left better snow cover.
Be sure to quench with a dip in Wallowa lake on the way out.
Followed Whymper's footsteps to the top from the lake. Ice Lake is a magnificent place!
The first time I climbed up here after backpacking in to Ice Lake with two of my bros and a couple of other friends. Great spot - what an incredible drop down to the valley on the west side!
Strange geology - looks like limestone - what's that doing up here mixed in with the granite and the volcanic stuff?
went back in '96 for a two-mountain trip in a day.
Reached the summit of Sacajawea and couldn't resist the ridge scramble over to the Matterhorn. Despite time constraints and a little fatigue, I was just to close to not give it a try. Decided that I couldn't take any longer than an hour both ways, so I had to run along the ridge in the spots where I could. Very fun scramble with some good exposure in a few places. Rock along the ridge is crumbly and makes for some interesting climbing in places, choose your foot and hand holds very carefully! Reached the summit of the Matterhorn in 45 exhausting minutes. Unfortunately only had enough time to eat a bar, take some photos, and wave and talk to my climbing partners, Annaleiserabinek and Dean, on the radio a mile and a half back on the summit of Sacajawea. Well worth it though! Rock on and near the summit is bazaar, very different from Sacajawea even though they are so close. Wish I had more time to spend up top, but I had to sprint back over to join my partners for the decent. Got back to Sacajawea in another exhausting 45 minutes, and headed back down. Great day. Didn't see another soul on the entire route all day!