The Umatilla National Forest, located in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, covers 1.4 million acres of diverse landscapes and plant communities. The Forest has some mountainous terrain, but most of the Forest consists of v-shaped valleys separated by narrow ridges or plateaus.
The landscape also includes heavily timbered slopes, grassland ridges and benches, and bold basalt outcroppings. Elevations range from 1,600 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Changes in weather are common, but summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings. Cold, snowy winters and mild temperatures during spring and fall can be expected. More about the Forest...
Forest Conditions: Know before you go!
Forest conditions can change dramatically without warning. It is advisable to consult your local ranger district office before your trip.
SPRING TRAVEL ALERT!
Spring may be here but old man winter is holding on at the higher elevations and current snow levels vary from district to district. Spring weather can change dramatically from sunny and warm to snowing and below freezing in a matter of hours so be prepared for changing conditions. Forest road conditions can also change without warning; wind, snow and rain events can have substantial effects on road and trail conditions causing hazards and obstructions to travel. Please contact your local Ranger District office and consult your motorized recreation use maps before your trip. Here are a few tips for safe winter recreation.
Across the Pacific Northwest, there is broad public support for actively managing forests to be more resilient to the uncertainties of climate change and the effects of insect outbreaks, disease, and destructive wildfires that follow decades of fire suppression in fire-dependent forests.
However, the current rate of restoration is not keeping pace with forest growth. Unless we do some things differently, acres in need of restoration will continue to out-pace restoration accomplishments.