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Tucked away in the Northeast corner of Oregon are small communities surrounded by an incredible natural beauty as diverse as the individuals that make it home. Wallowa County boasts Oregon's Largest Wilderness, the clearest lake, the steepest tram, the deepest gorge and the greenest valley east of the Cascades in the land of winding waters that's often described as 'Gods Country' and its people, 'The Salt of the Earth'.
The county is home to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Roughly 215,000 acres of the recreation area are designated the Hells Canyon Wilderness. There are nearly 900 miles of hiking trails in the recreation area. The largest portion of the area lies in eastern Wallowa County, Oregon. Smaller portions lie in southwestern Idaho County, Idaho, northwestern Adams County, Idaho, and northeastern Baker County, Oregon.
Eagle Cap Wilderness is a wilderness area located in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon within the Wallowa–Whitman National Forest. It is characterized by high alpine lakes and meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and U-shaped glacial valleys. Elevations in the Wilderness range from approximately 3,000 feet in lower valleys to 9,838 feet at the summit of Sacajawea Peak with 30 other summits exceeding 8,000 feet. The Wilderness is home almost 60 alpine lakes (9 of which are above 8,000 feet), and more than 37 miles of streams. As Oregon's largest Wilderness area, Eagle Cap offers many recreational activities, including hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, and wildlife watching. Winter brings backcountry skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. There are 47 trailheads and approximately 534 miles of trails in Eagle Cap, accessible from Wallowa, Union, and Baker Counties, and leading to all areas of the Wilderness.