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By Forrest on 11/11/2011 08:24
I'm thinking of the Wallowas as well -- I am guessing that it is Ice Lake. The hike is more than three miles, about twice that distance. The rest of the description would fit pretty well. It is a u-shaped lake, the Matterhorn is visible and other large granite peaks surround it, the hike up is pretty steep, etc...
By Adam on 11/08/2011 08:03
Maybe somewhere in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The Matterhorn has a big rock face that could be compaired to Half Dome. It is along the Hurwall divide, which has a population of Mountain Sheep. However, I can't think of a three mile hike with a lake at the end where you could see the Matterhorn.
By chezza on 11/05/2011 16:56
Hello! Trying to locate a mystery hike -
I lived in Walla Walla, WA at the time, the trailhead was within a few hours drive. The hike was about 3 miles, very steep switchbacks almost the whole way. At the top was a beautiful glacial lake surrounded by stone mountain peaks; one of them was like the Half Dome in Yosemite. We could see bighorn sheep on the mountain faces, and found a carcass that had been partially eaten by mountain lion. The lake was sortof U-shaped, we camped on the interior of the U so the lake was almost all around. It was an AWESOME spot, but it was so long ago, I can't remember where we were!!! Can anyone help? Thanks