Deer Makin Tracks LbNA # 9463 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jul 12 2004|
Clue and accessibility - Easy short distance up the trail.
Last checked: 9/03/06.
The Eagle Cap Wilderness is the largest wilderness in the state of Oregon. The peaks range up to 9,845 ft. and down to 3,600 ft. containing 52 lakes. There is fishing in most lakes and streams and many wildflowers, birds and wildlife.
Depending on where you are, the wildlife varies as well. The State Park and the Resorts in the area support many activities like boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, mini golf, malibu-type racing and the Wallowa Lake Tramway. A visit to the Eagle Cap Wilderness Pack Station provides a wonderful variety of horse rides as well as Parasailing on Wallowa Lake. The quaint town of Joseph is a wonderful place to stroll and browse the shops. The actual wildlife is rather tame here in the lower elevations. The deer and chipmunks are the friendliest of the locals, but beware they can be cantankerous. Which brings us to the placement of the Tracks.
To the Trailhead:
Drive thru Joseph, Oregon and continue on Wallowa Lake Road. Follow the signs to the Marina. The Marina and docks are to your right and to the left there is a fish cleaning station and a small building just beyond. Park somewhere near this area in the parking area. On the far side of the small building is the unmarked trailhead. Verify that you are in the right place by looking right and see the brown sign for boat docks and boat launch.
To the Deer Tracks:
Walk up the trail. Soon you will see the BIG stump then a thinner tall stump on the other side of the trail. Find the small stump and 2 boulders, check under smaller rocks and bark. PLEASE rehide this very carefully and completely, winter snow can easily dislodge smaller objects and cause exposure to all kinds of hazzards. If you wish to continue, this trail wanders behind State Park campground and ampitheater. It is a nice walk with an interesting perspective of the campground.