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Wenaha River Trail

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

29.9 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.

Rating

4.00 out of 5

 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
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.
 
 

The main access for the Wenaha River Trail is from the Troy Trailhead near Troy, Oregon.  With a starting elevation of less than 2,000 feet above sea level, this portion of the trail can be accessible as early as March.  

From the trailhead, it is approximately five miles to the boundary of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.  The trail contours above the Wenaha River, a designated Wild & Scenic River, sometimes hugging the cliffs, and other times coming down to flat benches along the river with access to good campsites. Watch the hillsides for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, and look overhead for eagles and other birds of prey.

Just inside the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, at approximately the six-mile mark, the trail intersects the Crooked Creek Trail. The 2015 Grizzly Complex Fire destroyed the bridge over Crooked Creek at this location, making the crossing difficult if not impossible for early season visitors.  Once water levels subside in late spring, it is possible to ford Crooked Creek and continue upstream. The full length of the Wenaha River Trail is 29.9 miles. With numerous intersecting trails, it is possible to create a number of longer loop backpack trips once the snow melts on the higher elevation trails within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. 

 

Wenaha River Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.9475, -117.4544 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Wenaha River Trail (#3106)

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

Rich Landers

Mountaineers Books

Pomeroy Ranger District (including Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness) Umatilla National Forest

USFS 2013.

Getting There

From Pomeroy in Washington, take Highway 12 east for 29 miles to where you can exit south (right) for State Highway 129. Proceed down Highway 129 for 38 miles, then turn right on Grande Ronde Road and follow it for 17.4 miles, entering Oregon along the way. Turn right on Barlett Road and follow for about 0.5 miles to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
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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