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Frances Lake - No. 1663

Contact Info
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
88401 Hwy. 82
Enterprise, OR 97828

Phone:
541-426-4978
Basics
Length:
9.1 one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
8 - 9 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5200 feet
Elevation Range:
5200 feet to 8560 feet
Elevation Change:
3360 feet
Usage:
Moderate to Heavy use in summer and fall (horses and hikers)
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The Frances Lake trail affords you remarkable views of Twin Peaks and Marble Point and spectacular views of Laverty, Chimney, Wood and Hobo Lakes across the Lostine Canyon. Fishing opportunities are available at Frances Lake and there is stream fishing for brook trout and a few rainbow trout north of the lake. Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats can be seen in this area. The geology is spectacular, including limestone-marble and granite formations. Camping and grazing areas are available but make sure to camp away from lake shores in order to protect fragile vegetation. Refer to the Eagle Cap Wilderness regulations. The trailhead has a stock ramp, hitch rails, picnic areas, and outhouse facilities.

NW Forest Passes are required at this Trailhead.

The Frances Lake Trail #1663 has a moderate to steep grade with numerous switchbacks. As you climb higher along the trail it will become narrow and passing or meeting stock may be difficult. This is a long trip if planning to travel to the Lake and out as a day hike. Consider staying one night at the lake or begin your hike early in the day.

Be sure to carry some water since it is scarce along the trail. We recommend taking water from natural springs and clear sources where possible, using a filter suitable for Giardia and other micro-organisms, or boiling your drinking water for at least five minutes.

There is limited parking at the trailhead.

Details

Length:
9.1 one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
8 - 9 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5200
Elevation Range:
5200 feet to 8560
Elevation Change:
3360
Usage:
Moderate to Heavy use in summer and fall (horses and hikers)
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take State Highway No. 82 to Lostine and go south on the Lostine River Road No. 8210. The trailhead is located 14 miles south of the junction with State Highway No. 82. The first 6 miles are paved and the last 8 miles are graveled.


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