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!
Spring is a great time to enjoy recreating on your national forest. From spring skiing to camping, always be prepared for changing weather conditions. Many forest roads on the Umatilla National Forest close Dec. 1-March 30 to allow for over-snow winter recreation activities; please consult your motorized recreation use maps for more information. The condition of those forest roads that remain open to travel during the winter/spring months can change dramatically and without warning; wind, snow and rain events can substantially effect road conditions causing hazards and obstructions to travel. Also, GPS navigation systems can be unreliable when calculating back-country or mountain travel so always call first to ensure your route is open and accessible. For information on current forest road conditions, please contact your local Ranger District office before heading out. Know before you go - Winter Travel Tips.
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.