Ice Lake Trail #1808
ElevationAscent: 2,364' 721 m
Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 7,867' 2,398 m
Low: 5,502' 1,677 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
“A great trail to the stunningly beautiful Ice Lake with options of climbs up the Matterhorn and Sacajawea Peak.”— Bruce Hope
Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers
This trail is usually closed by snow between November and May.
This trail leaves the West Fork Wallowa Trail #1820 just three miles in from the Wallowa Lake Trailhead. Here, it crosses Hurricane Creek on a log bridge, then climbs the canyon wall using a considerable number of switchbacks. The climb isn't steep, just constant. The views on the way up are great but the payoff is Ice Lake itself and the views of the Matterhorn from its shores.
The official trail ends at the eastern edge of the lake but a prominent use trail continues from there along the north side of the lake and goes on up to the summit of the Matterhorn. The best campsites are on the peninsula that juts into the lake south of the trail. There are also some campsites on the west and south sides of the lake.
Land Manager: USFS - Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Office