In nearby Joseph there are boutique shops, restaurants and magnificent statues on almost every corner. The town of Joseph reinvented itself as leading foundry for monumental sculptures after the logging industry closed 25 years ago. Joseph is just four miles from the tramway at the upper end of Wallowa Lake. Camping is available in Wallowa Lake State Park near the base of the tramway.
IF YOU GO: Wear hiking shoes and a jacket. This is alpine climate. Check the weather and make reservations in advance, especially for hotels and dining.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Seasonal, May through October, with scenery to match the time of year. The tramway is closed in the winter.
Street Address: 59919 Wallowa Lake Highway, Joseph, Oregon 97846
Last visit September, 2010
The Wallowa Mountains near Joseph, Oregon
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