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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!
Trailheads are located in Joseph 1 hour east of La Gande, and Halfway 1 hour East of Baker City.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wallowa Mountains:
Brownie Basin Granite 5.7 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400 feet, Grade II
Brownie Basin - Chimney Point - The Slab 5.10b Trad, Alpine, Grade II
Benthos Buttress - The Kozjak Route 5.10 Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 750 feet, Grade II
Featured Route For Wallowa Mountains
Matterhorn: West Face Chimney 5.9 A1 OR : North Eastern Oregon : Wallowa Mountains
Dave Jensen had this to say on the 2 big Matterhorn climbs he did: "The Grade IV (up the West Face chimney) was much the better climb--fun exciting free climbing in cracks and chimneys to a ledge one pitch below the finish. The V was aid climbing in the hard places with hammock bivouac followed by a ledge bivouac. Poor rock and dangerous on both climbs. A lot of work hauling in there....[more] Browse More Classics in OR