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Fun hike; steep and rocky at times. Beautiful views.

horseback riding
8 days ago

camping
11 days ago

This is a beautiful place to hike, fish, swim, kayak, etc... 53 Camp sites with various uses. Potable water is near almost every site. Be warned...the 9 miles of gravel road to get to the lake/campground is washboard hell. If you are towing a trailer of any type, be prepared to take your time. I have spent many years hiking and hunting the woods of the PNW...for a gravel road, this is the second worst. By far the longest and worst washboard I have ever traveled. The worse road included potholes and washboard. Otherwise, the FSRD 64 would have the title for the worse!

walking
17 days ago

Very nice trail. Dry and Dusty this time of year, and places where wildflowers cover parts of the trail, so careful if you have bee allergies, but a lovely trip around!

on Oregon Butte Trail

18 days ago

Some over-grown spots but fortunately did pick up any ticks. This tired our dogs out. Walking sticks should be in order as it can be loose under foot on way down.

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful walk.

narrow, steep, but can be done with kids (mine were 4, 11, and 13) but fun. We had lunch on the side of a mountain. How cool is that.

Great trail! It was easy and relaxing. A little dusty, but not too bad.

This trail does not currently seem maintained, very overgrown. Nice gentle hike with lots of butterflies and wild flowers. There aren't many views or interesting scenery tough.

walking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to the Coyote Creek campsite and back from the lower trail head. The trail is overgrown but still easy to follow. There were two spots with downed trees over the trail and a few spots with thick mud. The trail crosses a few small creeks that are easy to get across. Lots of butterflies and wildflowers along the way.

trail running
2 months ago

awesome trail run! Great view at the top!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great overnight season-opener into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness by way of the Rattlesnake Trail. Important cautionary notes: ticks are highly prevalent, trail is exposed for the first 4 miles or so (bring lots of water, sunscreen), several sections of minor blowdown / overgrowth, and some route finding required. With that said, this is a terrific primitive trail up a ridgeline through bone-white burn stands and meadows of blooming wildflowers, where the views are plentiful and stargazing is phenomenal.

The official trailhead sign is not where you'll want to start, instead continue up the road about 200yd to the large wooden sign for the campground on your let (towards the river) where a trail will lead you down to a log crossing, adzed and all. After crossing you'll maneuver along a fairly well-established social trail that's muddy and tenuous at times until you hit the official trail. Turn right and start your climb up.

The trail wastes no time with elevation gain, and soon you're out of the trees and switchbacking up the face. Shade is rare along this north-facing slope, hope for a slight breeze and keep hydrated. Around 4,000ft it mellows out some as you gain the ridgeline, but still have 2-3 more steeper sections until the trail tops out around 5,300ft (starting at 2,900ft).
Around 5,200ft the trail jogs left to the northeast side of the ridge, here you'll need to keep your eyes sharp to follow the trail through blow down and misleading deer trails. Keep your heading and you'll eventually pick it up just past a large tree that's come down right across the trail (super helpful, right?).

In another 0.25mi or so you'll walk into a large, beautiful meadow, which is where we stayed the night. The far northeast corner near Alnus Spring is a perfect spot, we even came upon a small snow patch to beat the heat and give us fresh water. The spring is flowing at this elevation, too, so the USGS topo is accurate. The northern corner is a beautiful knoll that affords panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness, with the horizon extending above the ridgelines as fields in the Palouse are visible. There's a perfect tree grove for hammocks and shade in the center, and a quick stroll to the southwest corner gives you a great peek at the higher sections of the Blues to the south. Enjoy the long sunset over the meadow and stay up light for excellent stargazing, uninhibited by the minimal light pollution from the surrounding farm country.

The ticks were pretty bad, we brought our two pups with us and pulled off a couple dozen after our trip, including one off me. Gnats were minimal at dusk, bugs during the daylight hours weren't too bad, and the birds at dawn had plenty to say. Saw a white-tailed doe and what appeared to be cougar or bobcat scat, but otherwise no wildlife to note. Only encountered 4 others on trail while every car-camping site along the way was packed. Great trip, will certainly be revisiting this area!

Very poorly marked trail. Trail does not start at a road but about 1.5 miles from the road where you can park. The trail does not go to the summit of Mt Emily. Don't be fooled by the title.