Entire trail is <1 mile in length
Average Difficulty- Easy, Short Hike
Starts at OR State Park parking lot- 1 Mile out of Joseph heading towards Wallowa Lake.
The Iwetemlaykin, pronounced ee-weh-TEMM-lye-kin, is a nice trail easy for anyone of all ages. It is a short dirt trail with gravel in some areas for easy walking. This trail is about 30-45 min in length, depending on weather and speed.
There is a higher grade to climb at the beginning of the trail, but then it evens out into a slight up and down walk.
The Eagle Cap Wilderness can be seen in the distance as you walk these beautiful hills. Wild flowers bloom in the spring and early summer, giving a pretty setting to your hike, as well as animals of all shapes and sizes that can appear out of no where. As you walk or run along the trail you will come to Knights Pond, which will take you all the way around in a circle. You will walk among the open hills on one side of the pond, and then large trees on the other. There is also a small stream called Silver Lake Ditch, giving you a change to rest or dip your toes into the cool water.
If you are needing a quick break, they offer benches to rest upon which are placed randomly around the trail for those young children or elderly. If you sit quietly, you may see deer, a fox or two, bear, elk and other little critters that play in the area.
The end of this trail has a steady climb to it before it goes back down to the main road, coming out next to the Chief Joseph Gravesite where you can stop and pay your respects. Want to keep going? Walk right on down to the Wallowa Lake beach were you can take a dip in the pristine water, rent paddle boards, or just lay out in the sun while the kids play.