Spectacular Hike to 8,000 feet on the Imnaha Divide


The 30-mile drive from Joseph to Imnaha is always a treat. The Imnaha Store is a well-known landmark in northeastern Oregon dating back to 1904.

After visiting the store I drove back to the 6,500-foot Tenderfoot Trailhead near Salt Creek Summit.

The first couple of miles were a pleasant ascent through a series of open meadows. The next mile was a steep climb to the top of the headbasin of the drainage.

Now I was on the Imnaha Divide with the North Fork Imnaha River Basin on the left and the Middle Fork Sheep Creek Basin on the right. Soon I was at 8,000 feet with some colorful pussytoes and white bark pine for company.

It truly felt like I was on top of the world. The Eagle Cap Wilderness is a great place to visit and hike.

Roughed Grouse

Roughed Grouse

Aspen along the trail

Aspen along the trail

The famous Imnaha Store

The famous Imnaha Store & Tavern

Upper basin of the North Fork Imnaha RIver

Upper basin of the North Fork Imnaha RIver

Fritillary Buterfly

Fritillary Buterfly

Top of the Imnaha Divide

Top of the Imnaha Divide

Imnaha Store & Tavern

Imnaha Store & Tavern

View from the upper trail

View from the upper trail

The lower trail going through an old burn with lots of fireweed in bloom

The lower trail going through an old burn

Fleabane

Fleabane

9.702-foot Aneroid Mountain

9.702-foot Aneroid Mountain

 

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