Great morning hike from camp at Ice Lake, but weather was turning and wind picking up so we quickly descended, rather than commit to Sacajawea. Wet snow chased us out of there Mon morning. Great to see the goats on the nearby ridges, and deer walking through camp.
Route clear and well established.
camped at Ice Lake, jaunt up to Matterhorn and then a dodgy scree filled scramble to gain a meager 12 feet and the summit of Sacajawea. Straight down scree wall into Thorpe Valley and up snowfield to ridgeline above Ice Lake again. SPF50 weather and a nice time for a dip in the lake!
Made the hike to Ice Lake in the dark which was very cold. There wasn't really any snow. The climb was pretty straightfoward, there were no problems. Everyone should check out Jumping Dog camp at Ice Lake.
Hiked up to Ice Lake in foggy/cold conditions. The fog/clouds parted a few times at Ice Lk. to reveal the whitetish face of Matterhorn. Cleared the fog just above Ice Lake. Spectacular views from top although most of the low lands were shrouded in fog. Got a decent view of Eagle Cap from top. Beautiful area.
The wind at Ice Lake was dreadful
And our tent was old and torn.
Of fresh air and water we had our heads full
Though our boots were wet and worn.
Ill prepared for the mountains we were,
Of that you can be sure,
But the time we had,
wasn't half bad,
Never resist the mountains lure.
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!