Explore the most popular Camping 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
blowdown
muddy
18 days ago

Easy trail to walk, but lots of mud and a few water crossings. Also some downed trees blocking the trail. We went 3.3 miles and had a couple of clearings with views.

backpacking
2 months ago

Highlighted trail on map is not accurate. Trail is very difficult and steep, both ways. Fire from 2015 removed most of the Ponderosa pine that provided shade. Hot and steep.

hiking
2 months ago

I really liked this trail! For us not super in shape people, it was perfect! However, 2 things I wasn't a super fan of. 1 - finding the trailhead isn't super easy, however, if you stay on the gravel road once the GPS says you've reached your destination, and follow it all the way until the end (about 1.5 miles) you'll find it. 2 - just the length of drive and the one way gravel roads. Granted, i did go during archery season, so that probably have effected the amount of traffic. Overall, it was a great hike! nice workout, but not overly strenuous, great scenery, lots of shade, and a great escape from the real world.

I did the 16 mile loop from Panjab to mystery mountain trail to big turkey trial and back to Panjab. I added in some of the offshoots to make it a 2 night 2 and a half day trip. Note for backpackers, once you leave the Forrested section there is only 1 reliable spring right at the junction to go up to the Oregon Butte Fire lookout tower (Which was very cool). It is marked by a tiny aluminum placard. I saw a beautiful bull elk- a highlight! many groups out on labor day weekend, helpful forrest service ranger at the lookout. Careful of poison oak! Parking is $5 per day.

hiking
3 months ago

I would rate this on the easier side. It is a well beaten path. The views at the top are amazing. My friends and I were the only people on the trail. However, the trail head was difficult to find as it is not where the gps says it is. It is further up a long dirt road and has a large parking lot. The view from the parking lot is also beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, dog friendly trail. Lots of spots along the trail to stop a swim. Pretty crowded on the weekends.

hiking
4 months ago

This was an absolutely gorgeous trail! For someone like me who is prepping for a pretty serious knee surgery, this trail was easy to manage and very doable! The bugs were at a minimum and it was plenty shaded. I am planning on coming back to camp and fish on my last weekend before surgery! I would absolutely recommend

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked there a few days ago and very few people. Only a handful of the 50 campsites were occupied and only ran into one other group on our hike around the trail. Amazingly, no bugs!!! Our dogs had a great time swimming in the late and no leash restrictions once we were out of the campground. This was mid week, late June. Also, the road up from Tollgate has recently been graded. Very little wash boarding, at least until the next heavy rain storm.

backpacking
over grown
4 months ago

Backpacked to the crooked creek confluence at the end of May, 2019. Some logs covering the trail, recent rain also made it muddy. Still great and very beautiful. FYI the bridge to cross crooked creek burned down so you have to wade across. Flows were high but it was easily crossable with a hand from a friend.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
snow
5 months ago

Tried the trail this weekend. Hiked in and made it to the camp. We had planned to hike the rest the following day. When we continued clockwise, we encountered large areas of snow. Had to scout around to find the other end of the trail where it picked up. Finally gave up when we had a really large snow area and could not find the trail. Ended up going back the way we came. Trail is really hard to follow. No markings or signs.

hiking
5 months ago

We tried at the weekend but couldn’t make it through the snow on the service road despite AWD. A proper truck probably could. I’d expect snow and mud on the trail. Might be better in a couple of weeks.

hiking
7 months ago

I was scanning the map of areas I have been in and noticed this Gem. My wife and I camped near here years ago and this little Lake trail is one we always talk about. We enjoyed every minute of this lake trail. It is so crystal clear, we could see trout from the edges and loved the surrounding forest. It is one we want to come back too. Great Spot!

My boyfriend and I did this last June. We started at Panjab and went counterclockwise. The terrain is beautiful and variable. It goes from lush forest, to mountain top, to meadow, to rocky creek. The whole thing took us about 8 hours, with breaks for lunch and snacks. The views from the fire lookout atop the butte are gorgeous!

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Aug 18 2018

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

Mon Aug 06 2018

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!

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Started at panjab trailhead with 2593 in elevation gain first 4.5 miles then opened up to beautiful meadow. Tons of butterflies at low level and a gorgeous hike. Took 7 hours constantly moving.

walking
Sun Jun 17 2018

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

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

walking
Tue Mar 13 2018

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.

backpacking
Mon Sep 18 2017

Awesome trail. Took 1.5 days to do it. Many deer. No bears. Did the loop in mid september and it got quite chilly at night. Took me probably a total of 7 hours to do the whole loop going at a pretty consant rate with few breaks. The trail is muddy at points and there are a few trees fallen across. but nothing you can circumvent. Water is plenty up there, just bring a filter!

backpacking
Fri Sep 15 2017

Mostly forested with some granite sticking out. I enjoyed it because it was only us. if you are looking to see peoplre hit it up during fishing season.

hiking
Thu Aug 24 2017

Great hike! A little smokey but views were still amazing

camping
Sat Aug 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!

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.

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