Adventures in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Jay Simpson inspecting a larch tree11

Grand larch trees

The entire week we prepped final details for the expedition, blue skies greeted us each morning. Of course, as the day of our departure approached, the weather forecast took a turn for the worst. In a wet spring snow squall, our team set out into the Eagle Cap wilderness to begin the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking ahead of us. We followed the tracks of a herd of elk as we dropped into the upper reaches of the Imnaha River, after which OR7’s natal pack takes its name. With access still limited due to snow-covered trails and roads we had the entire valley to ourselves as far as humans go. Besides the weather, deep snow and high water where a couple of the challenges we faced.

A heard of elk in evening light in the Upper Imnaha River canyon.

A heard of elk in evening light in the Upper Imnaha River canyon.

Jay Simpson crossing the upper Imnaha river on a log jam.

Jay Simpson crossing the upper Imnaha river on a log jam.

Dave and Galeo walking across the ice-covered Crater Lake of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Dave and Galeo walking across the ice-covered Crater Lake of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.