Explore the most popular walking 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.

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!

walking
1 month ago

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.

off road driving
3 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!

walking
5 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
11 months ago

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!

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.

hiking
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).

walking
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.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Very cool hike, awesome views of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and very friendly fire lookout attendant with tons of knowledge about the area

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

good fun

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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Awesome hike. Lots of elevation gain. The views were spectacular.

Steep but worth the views

beautiful views :)

Sunday, February 07, 2016

My second home!

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