Chimney and Steamboat Lakes

Difficult (to Chimney Lake)
10.2 miles round trip
2420 feet elevation gain
Open late July through October
Use: hikers, horses

Difficult (to Steamboat Lake)
29.3-mile loop
5920 feet elevation gain

Here are the Wallowa Mountains at their best: heather-rimmed alpine lakes, granite peaks, and wildflower meadows. But this isn’t the famous, crowded Lake Basin below Eagle Cap’s cliffs. It’s a quieter corner of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. For a strenuous day hike, explore Chimney Lake, in a basin with four other lakes. For a 3-day trip, continue across passes to Steamboat and Swamp Lakes.

Start by dirving to ...

On the third day, climb from ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.

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