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Dexter Ridge

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

5.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2547 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.

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Northwest Forest Pass
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 
 

This unmaintained trail follows Dexter Ridge south across the Washington-Oregon border and down to the Wenaha River. Tucked away in the Umatilla National Forest, this trail requires some routefinding and a willingness to travel through some brushy sections. There is also the potential for some rugged creek fords depending on water levels.  

You follow the ridge for the length of the trail as it descends down to the river. Once down in the valley, it's either back up the same trail or you can follow the river northeast to link up with a few other trails leading back to the same area: The Slick Ear Trail and the Grizzly Bear Trail.  These both make for good loop options, depending on the length you’re comfortable with.

 

Dexter Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.0215, -117.7900 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Dexter Ridge Trail (#3101)

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Getting There

From Main Street in the town of Dayton, head south on 4th St. for 1.5 miles, then it will turn into Touchet Road. Stay on Touchet for another 21 miles. Shortly after passing the turn off for the Bluewood Ski Resort, turn left onto N Fork Touchet River Road. After 1.7 miles this will merge with Kendall Skyline Road for another 3.1 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 300 and go for about another 5.5 miles to the trailhead, which will be on the right-hand side of the road. The Dexter Ridge Trailhead is just before the Slick Ear Trailhead.     

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 

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