Jeff Strickler

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls is the state waterfall of Washington state and an impressive site. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

There are a number of these signs and it’s highly recommended you observe the warning.

Palouse Falls is about a 90 minute drive from Spokane, Walla Walla, Pullman, and the Trip-Cities.

Minam Lodge

The new Minam Lodge ( opened this summer. Options for getting there include flights into its private grass airstrip, horseback, or an eight mile hike. The trip in on foot is a descent of more than 3000 feet. Definitely worth a visit.

Barn is being renovated into an event space.

Much of the menu is grown on site in the garden and greenhouse

Fishing, swimming, or just sitting by the river makes a great day.

Multiple lodging options exist. The tents are secluded and have comfortable beds like the lodge rooms.

The teepees come with mattresses on pallets and share the showers and toilets with the tents.

Cabins and the lodge rooms have custom built furniture and finishings.

Red’s Horse Ranch is about a half mile walk from the lodge. Lots of stories about its past.

Chimney Lake

A 5.2 mile hike from the Bowman Trailhead. Steady 4% grade. Good huckleberry patches around 6100 feet. Multiple established campsites along the way.

Crossing Bowman creek. Depending on the time of year, this can be knee-deep.

Great views toward the Hurricane Divide.

Laverty Lakes.  In some ways it is prettier than Chimney Lake, but the two established campsites are right on the trail.

Impressive boulder field between Laverty and Chimney.

Chimney Lake from the west on the way to Wood and Hobo lakes. Many established campsites available. Mosquitoes were not a noticeable problem in mid July.

Wood lake is off in the distance another two miles, with Hobo and Bear lake to the west (left). Impressive amounts of snow for the time of year. There was at least one rock cairn, but trail could not be seen.

Aneroid Lake

Six miles, rise of 3000 feet. Trail heavily worn by horse traffic, day packers, and trail runners. Nice meadow and campsite opportunities at the 4.6 mile mark. More people than mosquitos so arrive early or miss out on a good campsite at the lake.


One of many varieties of moths and butterflies seen on this trip. Raspberries were ripe or nearly ripe, huckleberries were 1-2 weeks gone.

Legore Lake

Highest lake in the Wallowas at 8957. Trail from the Hurricane Creek trailhead to the cabin is poorly labeled, 6% grade, but clear. From the cabin, trail is straight up the hill, but easier route is to go right toward the creek and then to the boulder field. Trail disappears in the boulders, but proceeds through them along the creek. Above the boulders trails to lake and to Sawtooth Peak are clear with some imagination. Approximately 4 miles each way, 4,000 feet of elevation gain.



Joe Legore’s Cabin:

The Red Cloud Mine:


Maxwell Lake

Taken July 6, 2015


Taken June 19, 2016 – Amazing the difference a few weeks can make.


We took a “scenic detour” to get around the snow. This marker is in such a remote location that if I were the guy that had to replace it, I’d be a lot more than $250 mad about having to climb up there.