Explore the most popular birding trails in Umatilla National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail in a beautiful area. Enjoyed the Panjab creek. First time hiking in the Blue Mountains. We're going to have to come back.

fantastic trail! starts along a beautiful creek and then meanders at a slight uphill for about 3/4 mile. then...get your mountain goat on! steep uphill for about 2 miles with loose rocks everywhere. beautiful on top with views in every direction. don't go on this trail if you are wanting a nice leisure stroll.

hiking
1 month ago

A little trouble finding the trail... but once we arrived at the trail head it was a great hike with minimal initial climb to the ridge line. The views from the ridge line allow line of sight to the willowas. This is more of an out and back hike than a loop. The half way point will be a fire lookout, very friendly staff.

Highly recommend this hike.

Nice trail, but is fairly grown over in some locations. Several trees have fallen across the trail around mile 10, but they're not hard to cross. I camped down near the creek. Very peaceful hike. My dog enjoyed it as well.

Loved the trail, and was okay with the overgrowth for the most part - not a good trail for anyone who wants a flat/easy walk. Saw two snakes and left with two ticks. The road up damaged the undercarriage of my Nissan Altima- the scraping popped things loose. Expect an unmaintained trail next to a pretty river.

pretty decent hike! Only went to about the national forest

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for dogs. Some elevation gain but not to bad. Decent shade on much of trail.

First time hiking in this area of Washington. The views were good and the trail was well marked. The person working at the lookout was friendly and took the time to show my kids, ages 7 and 9, around the lookout cabin.

Did this trail yearly as a kid, love it. Lookout staffed in the summer and they are always friendly. Great views!

Beautiful trail!

on Panjab Trail

3 months ago

Great hike! Extremely rewarding!

walking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun, very pretty trail. It was late in the day and so I only hiked about a mile and a half in, to the first fork. Very easy first section, hiked it with my kids and toddler.

Only went 3.3 miles down I, there were some great views to be had...

The trail is rather steep and has lots of loose gravel. It tends to be quite exposed, making it often a pretty hot, dry hike. Wildflowers and views were nice, however.

Nice area - the road to trailhead is still under snow. Unable to pass.

backpacking
5 months ago

I think the map on this site may be inaccurate towards the top, but it's hard to tell. Near the top, there was a split in the trail and the fork to the right was blocked with fallen logs. I proceeded to the left and it became a trench filled with patches of snow. It came out into the upland meadow, but there was no trail connector, so I noted that there was a set of leg bones still attached to each other where I emerged. I did an over night stay, and had difficulty finding the Panjab trail after that. Finally had to move along the tree line until I found the leg bones. Then I knew where I was. The split I am describing was at the 3.7 mile mark on this map, but I'm only guessing right now.

off road driving
5 months ago

Has a lot of side trails ranging in difficulty. The main trail is super easy and offers some great views.

Fun little day hike! Some down trees to scale over but nothing too bad. The ticks were very bad so be mindful!

hiking
5 months ago

walking
7 months ago

Easy hike around this beautiful lake. But to get here, the road is dusty and very rough from Tollgate to the lake. It gets worse every year.

hiking
8 months ago

Few downed trees across the trail in the first mile but nothing to serious. There is still a very light dusting of snow which made for some great views.

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Great hike! A little smokey but views were still amazing

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

camping
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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!

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
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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.

backpacking
Friday, June 02, 2017

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!

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