• Wallowa Lake Tramway - Joseph, Oregon

      Wallowa Mountains
      Photo by iStockPhoto.com (c) Sia Yambasu
      A must see on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is the Wallowa Lake Tramway. The view from the gondola is great, but there are even more magnificent views at the 8,150-foot summit. There are hiking trails with and a full service restaurant. The tramway operates from May through September, depending on alpine conditions. 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 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. Seasonal, May through October, with scenery to match the time of year. The tramway is closed in the winter.


      59919 Wallowa Lake Highway
      Joseph, Oregon 97846 USA