53.5 miles of hiking • 9500' elevation gain • 4 nights
I had an amazing eastern Oregon trip, doing several day hikes out in the Wallowas. My favorites were Ice Lake, Mirror Lake and Chimney Lake. I had planned to push myself by doing a couple of summits, but the temperatures were in the high 80's even at 7600'. So I was forced to chill out by the lakes instead, which was the best idea ever. The bloom is 70% done except high up and in wet patches, where it is still beautiful. There were almost no bugs except in a couple of boggy meadows briefly, and they weren't landing when I was moving.