Hiking Trail & Vista Gazebo

A visitor rests in the gazebo overlooking the Wallowa Valley

This rigorous 4 mile loop summits Tick Hill, with an optional detour to an overlook and gazebo. From here one can soak up the view of the entire Wallowa Valley all the way to the moraine at Wallowa Lake, including the site of the confluence of the Wallowa & Lostine Rivers. It is worth the effort to experience the reason for the Nez Perce place name, “Tamkaliks” meaning “From where you can see the mountains.” On the hike you will pass several interpretive markers as well as an ancestral cemetery. This hike is on a south facing slope, so it is nicest during early winter or spring. Park at the NE corner of the loop road near the gate and follow the old road along the fence at the bottom of the slope. Leave the road when you reach a set of switchbacks heading north, up the hill. The loop comes out on the old road that follows the river along the west side of the Homeland property.

View of the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland from the hiking trail up Tick Hill