McCully Basin

McCully Basin

  • Moderate (to creek crossing)
  • 9.2 miles round trip
  • 1910 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

  • Difficult (to McCully Basin)
  • 11.6 miles round trip
  • 2260 feet elevation gain

  • Difficult (to pass)
  • 12.8 miles round trip
  • 3160 feet elevation gain

Question: Why is this delightful trail, just 10 miles from Joseph, virtually unused? Answer: McCully Basin doesn’t have a lake. So if you can’t live without fishing or swimming, forget McCully Basin. Come here if you love alpine brooks, meadows, and high country where you can roam all day without seeing another human. It’s also the best base camp for a non-technical climb of Aneroid Mountain, Oregon’s ninth tallest peak. Parking permits are required and group size is limited to 12.

From the gas station on Main Street …

The meadows here are heavenly, and even if you come in August you might well be the first visitor of the season. Where else in the Wallowas can you say that?

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McCully Basin is the best …

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