The Wallowas are more famous for backpack trips and its beautiful alpine lakes. With a little imagination, the rock climbing could (in the distant future) be a popular climbing area. With Sacajawea Peak as the high point (9880), the rock in these mountains is Yosemite like granite with some basalt and limestone/marble walls. Many of the granite walls range from 100 feet to 1,000 + foot walls, rare for Oregon. With very few known existing routes, some good places to explore are Eagle Cap, Main Eagle Creek, Pine Lakes, the Matterhorn, Cusick Mountain, Hawkins Pass area, and the Blue Hole for deep water bouldering. The Mountains are in a wilderness area so no drills (and preferably no bolts). Great 1st ascent adventure climbing! Season is only July-September because of the 20 + feet of snow every year!
Trailheads are located in Joseph 1 hour east of La Gande, and Halfway 1 hour East of Baker City.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wallowa Mountains:
Brownie Basin Granite 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'
Brownie Basin - Chimney Point - The Slab 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Alpine, Grade II
Benthos Buttress - The Kozjak Route 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 750'
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The entrance to Brownie Basin is guarded by a 400 foot high granite peak on the south that offers several multi-pitch offerings. The camping is good and the views are great. There is quality bouldering at Laverty Lakes as well as great swimming. P1 - Find the lowest point on the rock slab face, follow shallow cracks and edges upward for 120 feet.P2 - From the belay ledge, move right and follow broken ledges upward for another 100 feet.P3 - move up and and then right for 50 feet or so, travers...[more] Browse More Classics in OR
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