Blue Mountains

Buck Creek & Lake Creek Trails


The Buck Creek Trail (#3073) and Lake Creek Trail (#3079) combine for one continuous trail that climbs steadily from the Buck Creek Trailhead near Umatilla Forks up past the Umatilla Rim Trail to an to a low-key trailhead off a road near Summit Rd in the Tollgate area. The trick is doing this trail when it isn't a sea of bushes. I'm not sure exactly when this is, becau...

Buck Mountain-Buck Rim Trail


Buck Mountain-Buck Rim Trail (#3075) is another ridge-top trail in the Blue Mountains that drops down to Umatilla Forks. This is actually a continuation of the Umatilla Rim Trail if you want to make it a point-to-point 20+ mile trail run that ends with and thigh-screaming plunge down to Buck Creek. The other option is to start at the bottom if you want to just do some fitness hill climb intervals. The trail is in go...

Chico Trail 1658


This is a rough trail that drops through 2 canyons and gains a ridge on the other side. It might be okay for a strenuous trail run, but probably better off as a hike or mule ride. You can drive to both ends of the trail, so it would work as a good traverse or for use in accessing or leaving the Davis Creek or Swamp Creek trails. The west ends of the trail is well established with a good trailhead just off of Highway 3. The east end is not well traveled at all and difficult to follow in the l...

Driveway Saddle Trail


This is an abrupt, short and steep trail that takes you from Swamp Creek Trail to Miller Ridge. The bottom part does not follow the original trail, but has been cleared for an ATV to go up. You basically follow the creek bed, but about halfway up, there is a cairn which begins a series of switchbacks up to the top of the ridge where a trail meets a road. It is rough enough that only hiking and mules should probably try this trail. Trail Notes
  • 0.0 The trail starts from the Swam...

Elk Flat Trail #3241


Season: May-October
This downhill trail goes to the Wenaha River in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Many huckleberries are along the trail particularly during the flatish middle section. Upon arriving at the river, the are 3-4 established camping areas on a flat meadow. There are a couple places to ford the river, which is basically a stream crossing in late summer. The Wenaha River Trail is on the other side, as well as several trails coming into it from the north including: Round Butte #3235, Sawtooth Ridge #3256...

Hale Spring Trail


Season: May - October
This is one of the few trails that connects the Grande Ronde Valley floor to the top ridge of the Blue Mountains. It is all climb, albeit fairly consistent and not terribly steep. At the lower end it is rocky and grown in. The middle section has some switchbacks before arriving at the ridge, where it stays in the trees as it travels to the top. The section near the top is usually grown in but only for a few hundred feet. Despite the low traffic this trail gets, it stays in fairly good condition...

Jubilee Lake Trail


Jubilee Lake is very popular during the summer because it is one of the few mountain lakes in the Blues and offers a beautiful setting away from the valley heat. There is a perimeter trail that is very flat and wide, great for a run or family hike. Unfortunately, no bikes are allowed on the trail. It takes a fairly long gravel road drive to paid day use area and campground that is open from July 4 weekend to mid-September. There are some ways to access the lake on the north end and you can c...

Knob Trail


The trail itself is more of a ridge walk with signs of an old trail but nothing really to speak of as an established trail. It is on the map though. It accesses the Bear Creek Trail. The beginning part is an old road that is just an ATV trail now. Eventually that turns into a semblance of a trail. There really isn't much risk of getting lost as you just stay on the top of the ridge all the way down, although you have to n...

Lookingglass Creek Trail


This is a cool trail that you have never been on...and never heard of. It side-hills through some dense forest and makes its way down to Lookingglass Creek where it terminates. The Lookingglass plays host to salmon that run up all the way to the start of the creek at Langdon Lake where, if they make it that far, they encounter a cage preventing them from entering the lake. Right now it is only good for hiking, because you'll have to crawl over several downed trees. It needs some serious chainsaw...

Ninemile Trail


Season: June-October
A compelling romp down the top of a ridge in the Blue Mountains Ninemile is a pretty sweet stroll that stays mostly on the dry side of the ridge so it doesn't see tree fall or bushwack, which is good given that it isn't maintained much. The surface is rocky and falling away in a few places but otherwise it is a well-built trail. Horse trailers can't be parked easily at the bottom but they can at the top (Ninemile Trailhead) and since the trail has no water it doesn't see much traffic...

Shimmiehorn Trail


There is a relic of a trail left off of The Shimmiehorn, that may be worth hiking. A fragment of the trail is provided here for documentation only, as the trail was in difficult shape and I did not try hiking the whole trail because I was looking for a mountain bike trail. It is supposed to go down to South Fork Campground on the Umatilla. The trail should be hikeable along the ridge but I'm not sure what becomes of it when it gets into the trees and drops down to the campground. Sometime I'll c...