Explore the most popular river 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.

The trailhead is really easy to find right past Harris Park. The first part of the trail is easy and follows along the river.

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

hiking
15 days ago

Easy day hike.

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

Awesome hike, little muddy, and dirt bike noise can ruin the mood but when they aren't around it's breathtaking.

Great fun for a half day 5 mike round trip. Dog loved it ..lot of hikers on a nice day. Beautiful hike if your looking for mountains close to the desert. I’ll be back!!

Gorgeous trail! Definitely wear your hiking boots. At times muddy.

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

Great easier trail following the river through forests. I went about a month ago and it was a little muddy in low spots but no problem. Would be great on a mountain bike!

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.

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.

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.

Thinly absolute favorite spot to go. Its located in Harris Park. Furthest I've gone so far is 9 miles out and back.

hiking
10 months 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.

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.

I absolutely loved this hike! I was only able to go up four miles but I am definitely going to come back and explore as much of this trail as possible.

Hiked roughly 5 miles worth of this trail on 4/27/17 and it was great! The section we did definitely wasn't that hard. I plan on doing this trail a few more times this summer.

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

It's difficult in many places. If you want a short hike the 1st bit is easy. It's been good for me to be prepared for rattlesnakes, bears and motorcycles. The views are the best and so I really recommend it if you are prepared to take it on.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Had a lot of downed trees making trail hard. Might've been time of year

backpacking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Went hiking overnight. The road is bad, but the subaru made it. I recommend a truck. There is a $5 National forest fee, which is payable at the parking area with cash in an envelope. The trail starts nice and easy, however the second half is really unmaintained, hundreds of huge trees cover the trail. I took a dog and had to lift her over about half of them. There are huckle berries and wild strawberries about 2 miles in. Also, lots of bear scat but didn't see any bears, or any animals save for a few birds. At the end of the trail 4.1 miles in, there is a nice camp but is covered with potential widow makers, but if you cross the river there is a nice meadow. The place is super dry, and a burn ban was in effect. Also, there are ticks but only saw one and my hiking buddy saw a few rattle snakes. Overall, not bad.

Steep but worth the views

beautiful views :)

Great trail, crowded on weekends. Wreckage gone now.

hiking
Monday, October 05, 2015

Hiked the northern (approximately 2 miles) end of the trail. Accessed via coyote ridge trail head near tollgate Oregon. Beautiful scenery of the valleys. Be careful about foot placement on this section of trail, steep hillside and semi loose rocks and dust on the trail. I'll add photos and the track of this section.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great hike

Great trail for hiking, mountain bikes and horses. Only went about 2 miles in as had a pregnant friend with me, but it was a good trail with beautiful scenery and gentle ups and downs. I want to go all the way in sometime. Very popular spot and lots of people on the trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 28, 2012

This is definitely a long hike, the first 4-5 miles are gradually downhill through some nice scenic forests, burnt a few years ago in a lot of places though. The last stretch is the harder part, switchbacks take you down to the river, and once you get close the trail is overgrown with bushes and stuff so you have to push them aside to see the trail, and you have to cross a couple little creeks too. The trail ends at the North Fork of the John Day river, but there is nowhere at all good to camp on that side of it, so we had to cross, so be sure to bring some water shoes or sandals. It is a real nice campsite right next to the river, lots of trees and spots for tents and hammocks. The hike out is the harder part, but not too bad, be sure to have plenty of water, you have to go probably 4 miles from the river before you come to a stream you could purify water from. Overall I'd say it much more moderate than difficult, the trail is small and hard to see some places, but there was never any trees or things blocking it. Good hike for a one or two night backpacking trip.

I've been on this trail several times, I live in La Grande, and it sounds like no one's actually made it to the trail-head. There is the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA) trails all over that southeast side of the mountain that offer OHV trails & mountain bike trails & horseback riding trails. All those trail systems are scenic and pretty awesome for their respective activities. The summit trail however is really at the top of the mountain, beyond the MERA trails & logging. It's a beautiful trail with several views from 5000+ feet. Stop at the local ranger station (we have several) and they'll give better instructions on how to drive to the trail head and avoid the Mt Emily Recreation Area Land completely (to avoid logging) but the logging land is open weekends. While it's a narrow trail with lots of steep hills, it has many interesting natural sites & views down into a Rural Valley filled with rivers, creeks, & farmland. I'm sure even moderately skilled hikers will enjoy this trail. d

walking
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tucannon River Trail
Only about 2miles in the trail is navigably I came to a part where the trail was not in existance. Fallen trees and lot of water was filling the uprooted trees. I could not go one and turned around. This was 3 weeks ago.

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