Two Pan - Lostine River Trail

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The seemingly boundless Eagle Cap Wilderness contains a complex network of trails that provide many opportunities for exploration. Having traveled many of the trails myself, I never grow bored with hiking in this area. The relatively short trail to Mirror Lake via the Two Pan Trailhead is an excellent hike into the lakes basin area and the ever popular Mirror Lake. The rugged Wallowa granite mountains are a unique backdrop to expansive wilderness landscapes one may not expect to find in Oregon.

The Two Pan Trailhead serves as one of the more popular hubs to this spacious wilderness, and it has quite a large parking area that can accommodate pack animal trailers. Parking is possible along the road below if the parking area is full. Starting at the trailhead, follow the East Lostine River Trail to the south, which skirts the river with one footbridge crossing through the old-growth forest. The shade doesn't last long, however, as you ascend several steep switchbacks before the trees dwindle to reveal an impressive valley. Towering mountains extend over an elongated meadow cut by the East Lostine River with Eagle Cap Mountain off in the distance.   

The trail makes a final meandering through another old-growth small forest, ascending a ridge before reaching the Mirror Lake shelf. There is an option to camp at Upper Mirror Lake to the west if the designated campsites at Mirror Lake are occupied. However, for the prime view of the impressive Eagle Cap, obtain one of the many sites along the south Mirror Lakeshore. 

Eagle Cap Mountain

After the first set of big switchbacks, you enter into a large valley with Eagle Cap Mountain in sight.  Still a long ways to go to Mirror lake.  

Eagle Cap Mountain
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Figure 1 - First view of Eagle Cap Mountain.

The Forever Meadow

The upper end of the trail opens up into a long meadow that extends for several miles.  The hike is long and the incline gradual as you follow a meandering East Lostine River.  

The Forever Meadow
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Figure 1 - On my way to Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake at Sunrise

Mirror Lake is the first lake your reach via the Two Pan trail up the East Fork of the Lostine River.  Mirror Lake does not disapoint.  With Eagle Cap Moutain in the background, results are never less than impressive.  

Mirror Lake at Sunrise
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Figure 1 - Picturesque view of Mirror Lake.

Eagle Cap Mirror Lake

Another view of Mirror Lake.  This log creates a nice addition to this photo along witht he clouds and the amazing blue sky.  I did not bring my tripod on this trip so I could not take any long exposures.  

Eagle Cap Mirror Lake
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Figure 1 - An old log in Mirror Lake.

East Lostine River Meadow Trail

Another long meandering meadow trail as I hike out from this amazing place.  Blue skies, towering mountains, it was sad to leave.  

East Lostine River Meadow Trail
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Figure 1 - Headed out on a meadow trail.

Good Bye Lostine River

One last look back before the trail decends into old growth forest and down several switch backs.  Also the last glimpse of Eagle Cap Mountain.  

Good Bye Lostine River
  • Camera: SONY
  • Exposure Time: 1/640
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Figure 1 - Looking back one last time