Other Activities

There are many other enjoyable activities that take place on the forest besides the most common recreational ones.  Below are just a few:


Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.  The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. 


Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a treasure hunt style outdoor quest. 

Geologic Field Trip

Geologic Field Trip Guide - Ukiah to Granite (PDF 630kb)

This field trip begins at the historic settlement of Ukiah and ends at the equally historic gold mining camp of Granite. Ukiah owes its existence to the inter-mixed grasslands and stands of Ponderosa pine atop a blanket of relatively recent (7,000 years ago) volcanic ash and older basalt lava flows. Granite owes its existence to the gold washed out of veins in the ancient basement rocks. Between the two, both in distance and in time, lies Tower Mountain; a large, heavily forested rhyolite volcano. Visit the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries for an extended version of this field trip. http://www.oregongeology.com/sub/fieldtrips/ukiah-granite/default.htm

Huckleberry Picking

Huckleberry Plant

There are many reasons to go huckleberrying. It's good exercise, it's good family fun, berry pickers carry on the 14,000-year-old Native American berry picking tradition and, most important, you can eat what you pick.

Very few people are willing to give directions to their secret berry area so you may need to take some time to look for them. Huckleberry crops are better some years than others.

Twelve species of huckleberries grow in Washington and Oregon. Some plants produce red berries, while other berries are blue. Some produce berries in clusters and others have single berries. When venturing into the forest for a day of berry picking, remember, bears like them too. It is wise to retreat from any bears should the situation present itself.

Mushroom Hunting

The Umatilla National Forest does not require a free-use permit for individuals harvesting "incidental amounts" of mushrooms. To be consistent with State laws, "incidental amounts" are defined as "possessing or transporting one gallon or less in Oregon and five gallons or less in Washington." Free-use mushrooms cannot be sold or bartered.

Annual Permits are valid for the calendar year and cost $100.00. As always, commercial mushroom picking is prohibited in wilderness areas.  Umatilla National Forest mushroom permit information.

Christmas Tree Cutting

Going out and finding the "perfect" tree is a yearly tradition with many families during the Holidays.  Christmas Tree cutting information.

Areas & Activities