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Wallowa Geology

  • WWCC Main Parking Lot 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Come experience the beauty of the Wallowa Mountains from the unparalleled viewpoint of the Mt. Howard Tram! Geologist Ellen Bishop will join us to provide narration on the natural history of the region. We will ride the tram up to its high point of 8,150 feet; the ride will offer views of Wallowa Lake, the mountains, Eagle Cap Wilderness, and the Wallowa Valley. Although it may be smoky in early August, on a clear day you will be able to see all the way to Idaho. At the top, you will have the choice between dining in Oregon’s highest restaurant, the Summit Grill, if desired, and taking a shorter walk to view geologic formations, or hiking out a few miles to learn about geology and see late-season wildflowers, as well as to take in the view.

The Wallowas are the highest mountain range in eastern Oregon and were formed around 150 million years ago. The region has a rich ecological, geologic and cultural history, all of which you will be able to learn about on this tour. Join us and our partners at the Wallowa Land Trust for a day of exploration and sightseeing at high elevation!

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Wallowa Land Trust.

For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Platman at or 509-525-3136.

Suitability: All ages.

Difficulty: Involves periods of standing and hiking over uneven terrain.

Things to Bring

  • Lunch or money for lunch and snacks
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

Earlier Event: August 4
Sunset Paddle
Later Event: August 7
Nature Kids: Geology Rocks!