Wenaha -Tucannon Wilderness
The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness was created by the Endangered American Wilderness Act of 1978. This wilderness is located in the northern Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon and encompasses 176,557 acres.
The majority of the wilderness is characterized by rugged basaltic ridges and outcroppings separated by deep canyons with steep side slopes. Elevations range from 2,000 feet on the Wild and Scenic Wenaha River to 6,401 feet at Oregon Butte. Plant communities vary widely from bunchgrass slopes to higher subalpine areas of lodgepole pine and subalpine fir. Nearly every wildlife species present in the Blue Mountains can be found within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness including Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep, whitetail and mule deer, black bear, cougar, coyote, and pine martens. Both the Tucannon and Wenaha Rivers provide good spawning habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead.
The managed trail system within the wilderness totals over 200 miles. Trails are managed to provide a primitive, unconfined recreation experience as well as access to various portions of the wilderness. Several developed campgrounds are located at or near major trail heads around the perimeter of the wilderness. The primary recreation activity within the wilderness has traditionally been elk hunting with a large number of hunters packing into the wilderness on horses each fall. Recently, however, there has been an increase in anglers and backpackers during the summer and early fall months. The area is very popular with horseback riders, and several trail heads are equipped to accommodate horses.
The normal hiking season is from June through November. Access to the wilderness can be gained in early spring along the Wenaha River near Troy, Oregon. Many higher elevation trail heads remain inaccessible through June. Most trails descend sharply into the rugged river canyons of the Wenaha and Tucannon Rivers and their tributaries.
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Wilderness restrictions apply|
|Closest Towns:||Troy, OR; Pomeroy, WA|
|Passes:||Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Pomeroy Ranger District|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Bone Spring, Deadman Peak, Diamond Peak, Eden, Elbow Creek, Godman Spring, Oregon Butte, Panjab Creek, Saddle Butte, Stentz Spring, Wenaha Forks. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.
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Trailheads/trails that access Wenaha–Tucannon Wilderness:
- Cross Canyon Trailhead- provides access to Cross Canyon Trail #3242.
- Diamond Trailhead- provides access to Mt Misery Trail #3113, Melton Creek Trail #3124.
- Elk Flats Trailhead- provides access to Elk Flat Trail #3241.
- Godman Campground/Trailhead- provides access to West Butte Trail #3138.
- Hoodoo Trailhead- provides access to Hoodoo Trail #3244.
- Kelly Camp Trailhead– provides access to July Ridge Trail #3120
- Panjab Trailhead- provides access to Panjab Trail #3127, Turkey Creek Trail #3136.
- Rattlesnake Trailhead- provides access to Rattlesnake Trail #3129.
- Sawtooth Trailhead- provides access to Sawtooth Trail #3256.
- Slick Ear Trailhead- provides access to Slick Ear Trail #3104.
- Teepee Trailhead- provides access to East Butte Trail #3112, Mt Misery Trail #3113, Turkey Creek Trail #3136, Smooth Ridge Trail #3105.
- Three Forks Trailhead- provides access to Three Forks Trail #3133, Crooked Creek Trail #3100, Packer's Trail #3126.
- Timothy Springs Trailhead- provides access to Wenaha River Trail #3106.
- Troy Trailhead- provides access to Wenaha River Trail #3106, Crooked Creek Trail #3100.
- Tucannon Trailhead- provides access to Tucannon Trail #3135.
- Twin Buttes Trailhead- provides access to East Butte Trail #3112, Grizzly Bear Trail #3103.
Other trails within Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness:
River and Stream Fishing
This trail provides access to fishing opportunities.