Route: Cusick Mountain (OR)

Submitted by Aria Zoner on Wed, 09/30/2020 - 10:21am
Oregon, US
27.35 mi
Vertical Gain
6,138 ft

Google the phrase "the most remote peak in the Wallowa" and you'll find Cusick Mountain. Dig deeper and you'll discover a marbleized summit ridge that's sharp, yet hikeable. Cusick is also home to one of the oldest living trees in Oregon, a Limber Pine that's well over 2,000 years old. In an area of exceptional peaks, Cusick stands out as being one of the most striking among them.

The Route:

From Wallowa Lake Trailhead, in Joseph, Oregon, follow the West Fork Wallowa Trail for 12 miles, to Hawkins Pass. From the pass, leave the trail then continue climbing along the crest of the ridge for 2 miles, staying just below the crown here and there to optimize your line. Midway, summit a feature called The Knob, a prominent marble plug first seen during the approach - towering above the far side of Frazier Lake. This route travels from Wallowa Lake Trailhead to the summit of Cusick Mountain, and back.


Water quality and availibility is excellent along this route with tributaries and springs crossed every mile or less before Frazier Lake, mile 10. Water is met again 1 mile later at Little Frazier Lake, then a final tributary 0.3 miles higher. After that, it's dry to the summit.

Red Tape:

Cusick Mountain is located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area. Backcountry Permits, which are available for free (self-issued) at the trailhead/starting point, are required to enter.

GPS Track