Ninemile Ridge Trail

HARD 3 reviews

Ninemile Ridge Trail is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pendleton, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
13.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4986 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

hiking
15 days ago

4 day hikes are possible from this entrance into the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness. I had a Friday to kill in Pendleton this fall. Searching for trails in the area came up with few options so I set out for Nine Mile Ridge 32 miles from Pendleton. Take Hwy 30 east out of town, follow the exit to Mission and set out across the Umatilla reservation. Signage is sparse. Don't miss the left turn off Mission Rd to Cayuse Rd (follow signs to Bar m Ranch) unless you want to take the scenic drive up Emigrant Rd to the top of the bald hills and wonderful views of Pendleton and the Palouse. Follow Cayuse Rd which makes a right turn at mile 15 across the tracks. Pavement ends at mile 27 by the ranch. Another 3 miles takes you into the Umatilla National Forest along the Umatilla River. 1/2 mile up the road is the first trailhead to North Fork Umatilla River Trail 3083 that follows the North Fork canyon east. Another 1/2 mile past the Forks campground bearing left is the second trailhead that accesses the Nine Mile Ridge Trail 3072 and the Buck Creek Trail 3073. 50 yards up the trail is a small clearing. I think the 3072 trail takes off from here, but it was overgrown and steep, so I stayed on the Buck Creek Trail for 3 miles. It was a gradual climb on a north slope through mixed conifer forest. The slope is steep and the trail 50-100 feet above the creek which you rarely see, but hear bubbling happily below. The narrow trail is in and out of the sun. I would rate it easy in terms of elevation gain and moderate in terms of irregular footing. It is clear of logs. There is not much to recommend about the first 3 miles of the trail other than being remote, peaceful and a good chance to be alone with your thoughts. It was a good day hike from Pendleton. The Nine Mile Ridge hike map looked steep and what I saw of the ridge was very exposed,

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great trail...