Here's something to do at Wallowa Lake: ride up the Wallowa Lake Tramway and feed the squirrels (oops, did I say that?). Or ride up the Wallowa Lake Tramway and enjoy the views! The Wallowa Lake Tramway is open (weather permitting) every day through the first weekend of October 2011.
And there's a lot to see from there! Views over the Wallowa Valley, views to the Seven Devil Mountains in Idaho past Hells Canyon, views into the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
It's a great way to see nature without hiking up 4,000 feet--let the tram whisk you up to the top of Mt. Howard so you can walk the two miles of trails with ease. When you're done, have a refreshing drink or snack at the Summit Grill.
And don't forget to feed the squirrels! (Photo of Heather and her pal at the Royal Purple Overlook on top of Mt. Howard--even the innkeepers of this Wallowa Lake lodging can get away every now and then).