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The hike it’s self was moderately challenging. Incline wasn’t too bad, trail could use some maintenance in a few spots to fight back the over growth. Nice views at the peak. Bring lots of water, turns out it’s very hot in the summer.

Cheers.

Great hike. We did this few years ago.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

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,

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great trail...

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.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016