Top Knot Travels: The Wallowas

Top Knot Travels: The Wallowas

Oregon never ceases to amaze me. I’ve lived here most of my life and I am still finding parts of this great state that figuratively bring me to my knees. I wouldn’t say I am the most “outdoorsy” of people, but the awe and raw beauty of nature is one of my favorite things. I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent Memorial Day Weekend in the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area. On that particular trip, I didn’t get to do much exploring outside of the Hells Canyon. Once I returned home, I knew there was a lot more to this area that needed to be discovered. I grabbed my friend, her dog and we headed east to unchartered territory.

The Wallowa Mountains are located in Northeastern Oregon. They run about 40mi between the Blue Mountains and Snake River. It’s also been called “The Alps of Oregon.” Most of this beautiful mountain range is in the designated Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. It’s absolutely stunning.

We pulled into the sleepy village on the shores of the Wallowa Lake at around 1am after leaving Portland. We tucked in to our little cabin in the woods and had an amazing peaceful night sleep. The next three days were filled with exploration, conversation and reflection. The area naturally brings you a calm and inner peace. Life is slower here, I had time to take in every moment and still get a nap in. If you haven’t ever been to this area of Oregon, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s good for the soul.

















Want to see more? Check out the video- It’s AMAZING.

I hope you had a great week!

Rachel xo



    • November 6, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you Lara!

  1. November 5, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    I'm a native Oregonian and this state has so much to offer. So many beautiful places to visit. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos of the Wallowa Lake area. It is just stunning.

    • November 6, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      It is just so amazing! I had no idea NE Oregon was so beautiful!

  2. November 5, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Breathtakingly beautiful. Can never tire of seeing blue skies and hills and mountains reflected in still waters. How do you find your cabin I'm the woods you used as your base?

    • November 6, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      I just googled "wallowa lake lodging." There were several options within walking distance to the lake. There is also a campground right on the shores of the lake!

  3. November 5, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    I've never been to Northeastern Oregon, it's beautiful! Also I kept getting distracted by your sunglasses, they are so cool!!

    • November 6, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Hahaha! They are Free People. Cost me $9 if you can believe that!

  4. November 5, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    I am in love with Oregon too! Currently I live in Santa Monica, California, but my husband and I hope to own a farm in Southern Oregon in the next few years. I have spent a lot of time in Portland and some cities along the coast, but after seeing your pictures and reading your blog, I am even more excited to explore all over Oregon. Wow! The Wallawa Mountains look breathtakingly beautiful. Cheers to more Pacific Northwest adventures!

    • November 6, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Aarika, that is so neat!! Keep me posted when you are around Portland! Im excited to hear about how much you love it here!

  5. November 6, 2015 / 2:14 am

    What beautiful photographs – It looks like such a peaceful spot to visit!

  6. November 6, 2015 / 6:08 am

    Digging the new "top knot travels"!! Still have not been to the Wallowas yet, need to go!

    • November 6, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      You really do!! Thanks!! 🙂

  7. November 6, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Looks so peaceful and serene. Loved all your photos. We need to get the munchkins up to Oregon. Amazing!!

    • November 6, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      You do! Wallowas was VERY family friendly. Lots of great things to do with kids.

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