Oregon’s Secret – The Wallowas-Part I

August 22nd, 2016

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In the extreme northeastern corner of Oregon, is a mountain region known as the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the Eagle Cap Wilderness, otherwise known as the Wallowas. It is an isolated forest-covered mountain range in which many of the peaks are above 10,000 feet. In winter, the snow on these peaks reminds one of the Swiss Alps. In fact, there is an area here known as Little Alps. Here is a borrowed photo that depicts late spring or early summer in the Wallowas.

WallowasSurprisingly, this beautiful region of Oregon is a secret, even to Oregonians we have met who had never heard of it. It IS fairly remote. It’s not an area that you pass through on the way to somewhere. You have to want to come here. In our case, we were turned on to the “Wallowas” by other bloggers, particularly Nina and Paul Fussing of Wheeling It fame, with her wonderful blog post as a result of visiting here, as well as the spectacular photos and descriptions by Emily and Mark Fagan over at Roads Less Traveled.

As you approach the Wallowas from the west, Interstate 84 will get you to La Grande, Oregon, where state highway 82 will take you east and north up and over the northern shoulder of this mountain range. Then the fun begins. You find yourself driving over a high plain of farmland and the the road starts dropping down into a deep and narrow canyon that eventually brings you to the eastern flank of these mountains, the first town of which is Wallowa.

We are staying at Wallowa River RV Park in Wallowa. Their daily rate is $30 for full hook-ups and a pull-thru site. Excellent ATT cell coverage and Wifi. If you stay a week     (7 days) the rate is $165, equivalent to just less than $24 per day. That’s what we will be doing, and then use the Jeep to see the sites. Wallowa is one of four towns on the eastern and most spectacular side of the Wallowas. The others are Lostine, Enterprise and Joseph, all within close proximity to each other.

Our site is on the Wallowa River as it cascades over rocks and small boulders, separated only by lawn and trees bordering the river. It’s quite beautiful. Here are a few photos taken inside the park.WRRV Site 1_20160823_100239

We are in Site #1. Here is a photo from the rear of the park looking all the way to the front. Our site and motorhome is visible as the last (first) one in this row. River is on the right running along the grass and trees. As the photo shows, the park really DOES look like a “park”.

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Here is a view of the river, running full force 24/7. What a great sound to go to sleep by.

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I’ll make this post short. Next, we will be exploring the area from here south through the towns of Lostine, Enterprise and Joseph, a 30 mile one-way distance. Perfect for a leisurely drive.

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