Formerly Silver Lake or Lake City, Joseph is a town in Wallowa County, Oregon. This quaint locale experiences all four seasons, with humid summers and chilly winters. It's also home to diverse landscapes which showcase Oregon's unique natural beauty, as well as a bustling downtown area with pet-friendly shops and eateries! You won't find any vet clinics here, but you'll find 3 in Enterprise, just a short drive out of town.
If your buddy is in love with the outdoors (and who isn't?), Wallowa Lake State Park, just south of Joseph, is a wonderful place to hike and seek an adventure. The park rests on the serene glacial lake and welcomes the most daring pups and people to conquer the top of Mount Howard. There are plenty of campsites and walking trails to enjoy here. Wallowa Lake Trailhead is one of the most beautiful and pet-friendly hiking areas, complete with remarkable scenery and photo opportunities. Leashed pooches are welcome to explore this state park.
Is there anything more relaxing than chowing down with your hound at a local cafe? (Well, maybe there is, but we know what we'd prefer to do!) Old Town Café in the heart of Joseph is a great place to gather with friends and pups to enjoy some all-day breakfast.
Joseph is a wonderful small town in Wallowa County with a pet-friendly downtown area centered around Wallowa County Museum on Central Street. The museum is surrounded by many eateries and convenience stores. This area is also home to Joseph City Park, where you and your pooch can enjoy leashed walks along the shaded walking trails. This is a public park, but pooches are always welcome as long as they are leashed. Embers Brewhouse will keep you hydrated if you forgot to bring a bottle of water with you, but will also greet you with pet-friendly tables, lots of craft beers, and delicious American cuisine.
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is so much more than a state park. In fact, it can't even be considered a state park, since it's located in not one, but two states! This gigantic recreational area covers 2.3 million acres of Oregon and Idaho wilderness. Some hiking trails in the forest are pet-friendly, such as Hurricane Creek Trail, a 24-mile hike in Eagle Cap Wilderness. This moderately easy trail provides stunning views of the sprawling woodlands, meadows, and pines. You'll need to obtain a visitor's permit before hiking here, and remember that these trails are shared with horses, so make sure Fido plays nicely with other species!
Lostine Road originates in downtown Lostine, a city in Wallowa County located a short drive from Joseph. This road will lead you into the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, where you'll find another furrific hiking trail to tackle with Fido! Maxwell Lake Trail is a pet-friendly, moderate hike stretching for about 7 miles through the Eagle Cap Wilderness. If you and your pup are in good shape, you will finish the hike in 5 hours. Drinking water and a camping area are available at the beginning of the trail, but you'll need to bring some waste bags. Don't forget to pick up a visitor's pass before hiking here!
NF-040 enters the area of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest at the very western end, not far from Lostine and Wallowa, paralleling Bear Creek. It starts right after NF-8250 and stretches a few miles to point the way to the Bear Creek Trail. This pet-friendly hiking trail promises about two days of fun and more than 35 miles of trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Get ready for one of the most thrilling and exciting adventures where you can meet wild bears and cougars on your way, as well as calves and mule deer, especially in early summer! The fall is usually hunting season, so you and your pup should wear bright orange if you visit then. The Northwest Forest Pass is required for visiting.
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a massive green area with mountains, prehistoric relics, and a river for water lovers and whitewater rafting enthusiasts. Located between Imnaha in Oregon and Riggins in Idaho and occupying the central part of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, the area is entirely pet-friendly! Leashed fur-babies and their parents are welcome to explore miles of walking trails and acres of wilderness stretching through the woods, down the mountains, and to the waterfront with open spaces and scenic views. You can even walk right down the Oregon-Idaho border here. Don't forget to obtain the visitor's pass you'll need to explore here.