Mount Joseph on Memorial Day (2023)


Mount Joseph

on Memorial Day

Gentle thunder rolling down the mountains, May 29, 2023

May 29


Mother Nature continues to bring additional moisture to the valley throughout May, a blessing for flora and fauna alike. 
The picture was taken from the Lower Alder Slope in the afternoon at home on Highview Angus Ranch.

Mount Joseph Information:

Mount Joseph, aka Chief Joseph Mountain and Point Joseph, is located in the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. It is the 12th highest mountain in Oregon, with an elevation of 9,616 feet (2,931 m). The mountain is named after Chief Joseph, the leader of the Nez Perce tribe.

The mountain is located within the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which is a federally designated wilderness area. The wilderness area is home to various wildlife, including deer, elk, bears, and mountain lions. The area is also popular for hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

The most popular trail to the summit of Chief Joseph Mountain is the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail. The trail is 8.1 miles long and gains over 4,500 feet of elevation. The trail is considered to be challenging and should only be attempted by experienced hikers.

The summit of Chief Joseph Mountain offers stunning views of the Wallowa Mountains and the surrounding area. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Snake River Plain and the Blue Mountains.

Here are some tips for hiking to the summit of Chief Joseph Mountain:

  • Start early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks.
  • Wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes.
  • Be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Chief Joseph Mountain is a beautiful and challenging hike that offers stunning views of the Wallowa Mountains. If you are looking for an adventure, this hike is for you.

For more information about Wallowa County, visit the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce.


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ANGELIKA URSULA DIETRICH, owner and publisher of Wild Horses Thunder and Wild Horses Media Productions, is a professional Freelance Photographer, Videographer, Publisher, Writer, Social Media Consultant, and Website Developer.

Angelika's photography work has been displayed on the front cover of Idaho Magazine (2022), the Nimiipuu Tribal Tribune, Cowboy Lifestyle Network (2021), Cowboys & Indians (2016 & 2018), and in various Oregon and Washington entertainment and vacation publications, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program and website (2012-2020), at Art Gallery Festivals, private businesses, as well as for display advertisement for many clients in and out of Wallowa County including the Wallowa County Chieftain (2003-2007).

Between 2007 and 2009, Angelika worked in radio as the news and sports director for owners Lee and Carol Lee Perkins at KWVR Radio in Enterprise, Oregon. After the station was sold, she created Wallowa Valley Online, an independent online news magazine publishing and writing news and engaging in photojournalism.

After ten years of Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika decided to concentrate more on her photography & video productions, and cover and write human interest stories on Wild Horses Thunder - The studio & journal, and volunteer at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland.

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