north side of the Wallowa Mountains is Hurricane Creek
of the Wallowas is their abundance of water: creeks, streams,
waterfalls, seeps, soggy meadows, bogs, springs -- and that rarity
anywhere else in Eastern Oregon, genuine year-round rivers with
pure waters and high volumes. So it's not surprising that a challenge
of the area can be creek-fording, especially during the first
half of summer when the snows are still melting out. That river
water is ice cold, and the current is quite strong. A slip and
fall here can not only hurt the body, but could easily destroy
your digital camera or binoculars.
to the Eagle Creek area of the Wallowa Mountains
kingdom of Eagle Creek lies on the opposite side of the mighty
Wallowa range from Hurricane Creek, far from the tourist meccas
of Wallowa Lake State Park, and the bustle and art of such towns
as Joseph and Enterprise. The full height of the range is not
so apparent from this side of the massif, but the depth of the
wilderness experience is profound.
was the sound of water. I was especially struck by the clarity
and purity of the abundant waters, and found the expanses of brillant,
coarse granite gravels along main Eagle Creek to be reminescent
of tropical white sand beaches.
of Rocky Mountain Elk were abundant in the fields of paintbrush
and false hellebore near Two Color Guard Station (US Forest Service).
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