Wallowa Lake Tramway
599919 Wallowa Lake Highway
Joseph, Oregon (six miles south of Joseph)
The Wallowa Lake Tramway is the steepest, and one of the most thrilling, aerial rides in America. Four-person cable cars go from a base elevation of 4,450 feet to the top of Mt. Howard at 8,150 feet above sea level in fifteen minutes--a distance of nearly four miles. The patio deck adjacent to the top of the tram is a great place to enjoy beer or wine with a light meal or snacks from the Summit Grill ("the Northwest's highest restaurant") or your own picnic with a breathtaking backdrop. The top of the tram serves as a trailhead for a wealth of trails and loops to spectacular Overlook Trail (three-quarters of a mile) for a glorious perspective on the mountains, Wallowa Lake, Joseph, and the lush valley below. Bring your mountain bike for an easy but memorable five- to fifteen-mile bike ride down from the summit.