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  • Writer's pictureAmy Hindman

Iwetemlaykin Heritage Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1 mile

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Season: Year Round

Location: Joseph, OR

Notes: Vault toilet in parking lot, cell service is available, dogs must be leashed, no bikes

If you're planning a trip to Wallowa Lake this summer, don't miss the short and scenic Iwetemlaykin Heritage trail! This easy hike is perfect for families. Iwetemlaykin is Nez Perce for "at the edge of the lake" and is pronounced ee-weh-TEMM-lye-kinn. Shade is somewhat limited, so this trail is best in the morning or evening if it's a hot day.

From the parking area, there's a view short switchbacks to the top of the hill and then you are treated to a gorgeous view of the Wallowa Mountains.

On our visit in mid-June we spotted a few clumps of wildflowers as well.

After a short walk, you'll reach a fork in the path. The spur trail to the left crosses the bridge and heads towards the Old Chief Joseph Gravesite. You can learn more about it on the National Park Service website.

This is also a fun place to stop and wade in the creek or have a snack.

We continued to the right where a short loop trail leads around Knight's Pond.

Getting here:

The Iwetemlaykin State Heritage site is located off the Wallowa Lake highway just after you pass through Joseph and before you reach Wallowa Lake. The parking lot is on the west side of the highway.

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