With the opening of the gondola in 1970, Wallowa County added one of it's most popular attractions. The 3700' vertical foot ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard is a memorable experience. The exciting trip to the top of the mountain allows one to enjoy the view as the gondola rises above the Wallowa Lake Village and the blue waters of Wallowa Lake.
During this spectacular ride, guests get a view of the Eagle Cap Wilderness area and its rugged peaks. Upon arriving at the upper terminal, guests can explore the summit area enjoying the extensive variety of alpine plants and vegetation along any of the many trails. Interpretive signs and information are provided to make the most of your walk. If you prefer, just relax and take in the breathtaking views as you enjoy a meal, snack, or your favorite beverage at the Summit Grill and Alpine Patio. Mt. Howard is a popular site for a variety of activities, including picnics, weddings, reunions, hang-gliding, model glider flying, and walking the alpine trails. Many guests choose to hike to the mountain lakes and high basins in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.
The quiet peacefulness at the summit area and dynamic scenery is why Wallowa Lake Tramway was designated "Best View in Oregon" and is truly a place to remember.