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Panjab Trail

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

5.6 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.

Rating

3.20 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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

Wildflowers, wildlife, and great views of Eastern Washington’s wild Blue Mountains: the Panjab Trail offers it all.

Due to a large forest fire in 2005, much of the trail meanders through burned timber, but the Panjab Trail is nicely shaded thanks to living trees near Panjab Creek. The cooling sound of flowing water accompanies hikers across a steel bridge and most of the way up the 2500 feet of elevation gain. The trail is used by both hikers and horseback riders, so it is easy to follow and well-maintained.

Near the beginning of the hike, less than a mile in, the trail forks. Stay to the left, and continue heading uphill. Near the top, still in the woods, come to another unmarked spur trail going to the left. Keep right, following the horseshoe tracks.

Look out for the Dusty Trail veering to the right as you hike to the summit. This trail may not appear on your map, but it is signed. If you take it, you'll pass Dusty Camp and continue to a four-way intersection of the Panjab Trail. Here, the Rattlesnake Trail branches to the left, Indian Corral/Dunlap Spring stretches out ahead of you, and the Mount Misery trail vanishes off your right. This intersection is unmarked, but the detour is worth it -- many downed trees on the Panjab Trail make progress on it laborious at best.

Near its end, the Panjab Trail opens into a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers.

 

Panjab Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1716, -117.7212 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Panjab (#3127)

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Backpacking: Eastern Washington (Romano -- Mountaineers Books)

US Forest Service: Umatilla National Forest

Getting There

From Highway 12 about 23 miles west of Pomeroy or 13 miles north of Dayton, turn south on the Tucannon River Road. Drive this road for 32 miles to a fork in the road. Take FR 4713 (the righthand fork) and after 3 miles, the trailhead will be on the left.

An alternate, but rougher route exists, too. From Dayton, head northeast on Patit Road for 6.3 miles. Turn right onto Malcolm Grade Road and continue on this road for about 5 miles. Turn left onto Kendall Skyline Road and follow this road for 5.7 miles. About six miles from Malcolm Grade Road, the road becomes FR 4620. Continue 2.4 miles and turn left to stay on NF 4620. Continue for a little more than a mile and then turn right on Tucannon Road. Continue 1.8 miles to a fork in the road, and take the right-hand branch. After 2.4 miles, the trailhead will be on the left.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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

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