Mount Howard

  • Easy (summit tour)
  • 1.9-mile loop
  • 300 feet elevation gain
  • Open July through September
  • Use: hikers

  • Moderate (to East Peak springs)
  • 5.5 miles round trip
  • 1140 feet elevation gain

For a quick sample of the Wallowa Mountain’s high country, ride a tramway’s gondola up from Wallowa Lake to Mt. Howard. Crowds of tourists follow an easy loop trail from the tramway station to Mt. Howard’s summit, where the panorama includes a jagged horizon of snowpeaks. For a more adventurous outing, continue on a faint ridgecrest path to East Peak’s wildflower meadows.

From Interstate 84 …

The best way to see all three of the viewpoints …

Other Options

The trail ends at East Peak’s meadows, but …

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