Final day of our four day backpack into Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness. It had been another peaceful night at Bear Lake. Our only company was the doe that visited us again for the second night. We had a 6.5 mile hike with 2,250′ elevation loss followed by a five hour drive ahead of us. We grabbed a quick breakfast of coffee and Cliff bar and hit the trail just before 7:00.
The descent from Bear Lake to Eagle Creek Meadows went fast. We lost nearly half of our elevation for the day over the two miles to the crossing. Hiking conditions were very comfortable in the shade and with cool morning temperatures.
At Eagle Creek Meadows, we saw a several groups camped in the trees alongside the creek. This area is an easy hike from the trailhead and appears to be quite popular on weekends.
From the meadows, it was another 4.5 miles and 1,250′ loss to the trailhead. Temperatures were pleasant and the hiking generally easy as we made the gradual descent. We passed a handful of day hikers coming in, the most traffic we had seen in four days. This was nothing compared to what you’d experience on the east side of the wilderness near the towns of Lostine and Joseph.
Back at the Main Eagle Trailhead, we celebrated with ice cold drinks. There isn’t much in life that can compete with an ice cold beverage after a warm summer backpack…except a great burger which we had to skip this time. It had been the perfect four days in the wilderness. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, we had complete solitude at lakeside campsites each night, biting insects and people were minimal, trail conditions were mostly great, wildflowers were in peak bloom, and we’d visited three beautiful alpine lakes (ironically, the most beautiful one was dammed). Life is good.
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