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Started at panjab trailhead with 2593 in elevation gain first 4.5 miles then opened up to beautiful meadow. Tons of butterflies at low level and a gorgeous hike. Took 7 hours constantly moving.

on Panjab Trail

29 days ago

Great hike! Extremely rewarding!

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun, very pretty trail. It was late in the day and so I only hiked about a mile and a half in, to the first fork. Very easy first section, hiked it with my kids and toddler.

backpacking
2 months ago

I think the map on this site may be inaccurate towards the top, but it's hard to tell. Near the top, there was a split in the trail and the fork to the right was blocked with fallen logs. I proceeded to the left and it became a trench filled with patches of snow. It came out into the upland meadow, but there was no trail connector, so I noted that there was a set of leg bones still attached to each other where I emerged. I did an over night stay, and had difficulty finding the Panjab trail after that. Finally had to move along the tree line until I found the leg bones. Then I knew where I was. The split I am describing was at the 3.7 mile mark on this map, but I'm only guessing right now.

off road driving
2 months ago

Has a lot of side trails ranging in difficulty. The main trail is super easy and offers some great views.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Few downed trees across the trail in the first mile but nothing to serious. There is still a very light dusting of snow which made for some great views.

backpacking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! A little smokey but views were still amazing

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.

trail running
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

awesome trail run! Great view at the top!

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!

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Good trail. If you start from Panjab trail head know where the springs are for water access. Dunbar and table camp springs were either dry or we could not find the exact location. We had to go to emergency spring, so our first leg of our 20 miler was 11 miles and a little rough.

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.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

My second home!

hiking
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Perfect hike with out little one in the pack. Amazing views. We were lucky enough to watch several fires burn as we got the the lookout station

off road driving
Saturday, September 26, 2015

One of my favorite ride through the Blue Mountains.

camping
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!!

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.

hiking
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