For families wanting a gentle stroll, the Lakeside Loop offers a flat, well-maintained pathway that encircles the main water body. At just 2 miles in length, it provides plenty of spots to rest and enjoy the view. For those with younger children, the Meadow’s Delight Trail is a 1-mile loop that meanders through open fields, sprinkled with wildflowers and buzzing with butterflies – a delightful visual treat for the little ones during the summer.
For the more seasoned hikers, Eagle’s Crest is a must-try. Climbing steadily over 4 miles, this trail rewards with unparalleled views of Bonny Lakes from a majestic vantage point. The occasional sight of eagles soaring overhead adds to its allure. Another challenging but rewarding trail is the Forest Whisper Path, a winding 5-mile trek through dense woodlands, with occasional clearings presenting glimpses of hidden waterfalls and the serene lake beyond.
Bonny Lakes via Tenderfoot Wagon Road and Nooney Lakes Trail
This trail offers hikers a sublime journey through the heart of Oregon’s backcountry. Winding through dense forests and open meadows, the trail provides panoramic vistas of the Wallowa Mountains, ensuring a frame from a movie at every turn. The tranquil waters of Bonny Lakes, combined with the diverse flora and fauna encountered en route, encapsulate the essence of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
While the area offers a natural sanctuary for relaxation and exploration, there are things that you should keep in mind:
Especially for the longer trails, ensure you have adequate water, sun protection, and a basic first-aid kit. If it’s summer, you’ll need more water than you think!
The area is home to diverse wildlife. Most animals will keep their distance, but always be cautious and avoid feeding or approaching them.
Know the Terrain
Some trails, especially the more adventurous ones, may have steep sections or loose ground. You’ll want to wear appropriate footwear and consider using trekking poles for added stability.
Before setting out, check for any trail advisories at the local ranger station or information center. Sometimes these places have information that Google doesn’t.