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Wallowa Mountains Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,880'
Location: 45.1622, -117.3045 View Map  Incorrect?
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Ice Lake in the Wallowas. Matterhorn reflection.


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!

Getting There 

Trailheads are located in Joseph 1 hour east of La Gande, and Halfway 1 hour East of Baker City.

Climbing Season

For the Northeastern Oregon area.

Weather station 13.3 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Jehovah Jireh Tower Topo

Barley Cox Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Oregon : Northeastern Oregon : Wallowa Mountains
This Route Climbs the Jehovah Jireh Tower. Two 5.6 pitches lead to a third pitch of 5.7. The crux of this route is the hike in to Horseshoe Lake. rap. off of the back of the tower to the notch in, down climb a little and then one final 100ft rappel to the base of route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Oregon

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By matt w
May 12, 2007
does anybody have any info on routes in this area? pics? trip reports?
By mark kerns
From: denver, co
Jul 27, 2007
i put up some routes in the eagle caps and all over NE oregon mostly in the 80's. there is a small but prolific group of climbers, mostly out of La Grande, but range from Baker City to Walla Walla that have been involved in routes thoughout the area. Steve Brown, Mark Hauter are still in the area and still active. We had a log for new routes at the outdoor program at the college in La Grande. i'm not sure is it still exists, but you could start there. we didn't write a lot down, mostly because we wanted to keep the place on the down low. the climbing in NE oregon is extensive, diverse and quality. places like High Valley, Spring Mtn, Elgin Wall, Hells Canyon, Wallowa Lake Greenstone, Eagle Caps, the Elkhorn Range all provide options and opportunities for the adventurous climber.

By KyleKD
Apr 30, 2010
Does anyone have information on the Blue Hole mentioned above? It sounds amazing. Thanks!
By Tas Haugen
Aug 5, 2010
I'm planing to be on camp at spring mtn for bear season no later than friday. In high hopes of cleaning up a possibile boulder route I saw a few years back. That is, if it hasn't already been discovered. I shall try my best to obtain the angled pics needed so that the people can generalize and try to relate a routes difficulty by its image. Should have them ready to be posted next week,,that is if "mt.project inc" deems them worthy. I'm not sure where or how you heard of blue hole kyle, Most who respectfully know where its at try and keep it hiddin to rest who cant respect its natural place. ; ) But I will tell you a tough little 3 mile hike up hill from its nearest parking. Tas

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