Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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

2 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.

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!

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

9 months 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!

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.

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11 months ago

awesome trail run! Great view at the top!

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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We went on May 14. We loved it. Everything was so green with displays of wildflowers. The creek was obviously full with mountain runoff. Very peaceful. We only met one other couple. The disappointing thing was that we couldn't go farther due to the time factor. We hiked in about 3 miles. Next time I'd like to backpack in and do the whole trail. I think the trail is at its peak beauty now because I'm sure it's pretty dry in summer there.

Monday, May 01, 2017

DISCOVERY PASS REQUIRED. We did not know this upon approaching the trailhead, and we got a "violation" notice for not adequately displaying our Discovery Pass. (We are Idaho residents, and we didn't know where to buy a pass on Easter Sunday.) Other than that, we really enjoyed this hike. We did 15 of the 20 miles, which was already more than we could handle. At mile 4, you enter the Umatilla National Forest. At mile 6 or 7, you climb up the edge of the canyon and get great views of the canyon. Fairly flat trail, and we only noted 1-2 other groups of people on a Sunday (low traffic).

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's a nice trail to go with your children, I have two girls, 3 and 5 and they didn't complaint at all.

Monday, July 18, 2016

good fun

Monday, July 04, 2016

Very Beautiful Area, even after a recent fire, nature had no issue covering it's wound. The Wenaha River offers some great fishing and camping all throughout it's expanse, along with some very fun hiking trails that seem like the veins of the forest. If your thinking of checking this hike out be sure to pack a fishing pole you wont regret it. Trail is a constant incline and is difficult be prepared.

Steep but worth the views

beautiful views :)

Sunday, July 05, 2015

My wife and I did this loop on memorial day weekend, it took us two and half days. There was a lot of fallen trees on the trail then, but not to hard to get over or under. We seen a few deer, and the marmots were active, no bear sightings this trip.We arrived at the trail head at 3:00pm Saturday afternoon, Walk, walk, walk, made it to Tee Pee camp ground at about 7:00 Made camp and had dinner. Sunday morning we set off about 7:00am to the wooden fire look out, walk, walk, walk, We seen a couple deer cool,walk walk. We hit the trail to the look out so we ditched our bags and trekked up the the wooden fire look out, beautiful scenery all the up and all the way around. Ate some lunch on the benches that are on the wooden structure before going on to Indian Corral, we got some awesome pictures on our way back to our bags. this next stretch was the worst with all the fallen trees on the trail. Both the wife and I were tried of having to navigate them over and under but we finally made it to Indian Corral at about 4:00pm. We made camp, dinner and ate some chocolate mousse and had some hot chocolate for the night. Monday morning was late to rise morning we knew that we only had about three hour to the trail head to meet our ride, so we relaxed and broke camp at about noon. we were back on the trail about 1:30 pm. It's always easier on the way down. about a mile or so before the Tee Pee Indian Corral junction we found the trail was almost gone, the wind took out a big tree that was at the edge of the trail. It was a massive root system. we made it to the trail head at about 5:00pm to find our ride waiting on us. They had arrived earlier that day and had a picnic to pass the time. It was a really great trip, we want to do it again soon!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jubilee Lake was a really cool spot, I drove my car up there and took the raft I had in my trunk out on the lake. I would recommend getting out on this lake, I saw some people were fishing up there and it kind of made me wish I brought a real boat. Anyways not a bad spot in my opinion out on the lake floating around in the sun, maybe not a real great place to camp depending on how close you like to camp to other people it was packed when I was up there.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great spot for secluded backpacking and camping. Fishing was amazing along the river. Hike was pretty extreme, either downhill or uphill. It was definitely a challenge.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

The North Fork Asotin Creek Trail is a 10 mile long out and back. With two side trails, N. Pinkham Trail at 7 miles and S. Pinkham Trail at 10 miles. The TH and parking is 25 miles from Asotin WA on Asotin Creek Rd. then left on Lick Creek Rd. Discovery Pass required.
The trail is not difficult, only 2000 ft. elevation gain over the ten miles. In the early spring a few trees may be down across the trail, but are normally easy to get around. In July and August be on the lookout for rattlesnakes This trail follows the creek and is well worth the drive up.

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

I was looking for trails around the area and wanted to make sure everyone knows that this LaGrande Oregon not LaGrange

I started from a truckstop located 1.5 miles from La grange Oregon. I hiked through town across to the fair grounds where the base was located. from there the locals gave me directions to go up the southeast side of the mountain. Long 4 miles on an open gravel road before reaching the tree line at about 3000 feet. I was passed by some Mountain bikers and a few logging trucks on my way up. After only going up to about 5500 feet I came to a gate that was locked and a sign saying the rest of the trail to the peak was closed for logging. Great hike though. And if I were biking would have been great to. There was a Mountain biking event there earlier this year I missed but looked like alot of fun !
All in All great hike, Tall timbers, quiet, crossed the La Grange river and a small brook on the way. One of the locals even let me fill my water bottles on the way down then showed me around the farm and gave me a little history of the area.

10 months ago

Sunday, July 17, 2016