Nine Mile Ridge Trail #3072

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This trail begins at the Buck Creek Trailhead and ends at Shamrock Springs. This trail is within North Fork Umatilla Wilderness. The first 2 miles of the trail are the most strenuous, climbing 1800'. On top of Nine Mile Ridge, the trail levels out and occasionally drops into saddles. This is a popular trail for horseback riders.  

Potable water and vault toilets are available at the Umatilla Forks day use area.Parking is limited at the Buck Creek Trailhead.  Water from Shamrock Springs is not drinkable.  

USGS Quad Map(s):Bingham Springs, Andies Prairie.  Download free US Forest Service Topo maps here.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/20/2021: Not logged out, inaccessible due to snow from the top. Due to flood damage FSR 32 is closed at the cattle guard right before Corporation Work Center (a gate is across the road), however there is a parking lot at the gate where you can park and walk or bicycle to the trails. Forest trails are not maintained and typically not accessible from late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District Office for up-to-date information.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply. Trail closed to all motorized and mechanized equipment, including mountain bikes and carts.Weed-free feed is required for stock animals.
Closest Towns: Pendleton, OR
Information Center: Walla Walla Ranger District 

General Information


Buck Creek Trailhead:  From Pendleton, OR, drive east for 7 miles on I-84 and take exit 216. Go left (north) towards Walla Walla for 2.1 miles to a flashing red light. Take a right on Mission Road and follow for 1.7 miles. Then go left on Cayuse Road and follow for about 16 miles.  Then continue onto Bingham Road/County Road 900 for another 9.5 miles. Cross the bridge past the campground and take the first left onto Forest Service Road 3200-045 which leads to the Buck Creek Kiwanis Organization Camp. The trailhead is located at the end of the road.

Shamrock Springs: From State Highway 204, 8 miles south of Tollgate, and 14 miles north of Elgin, turn west of Forest Service Road 31 (Summit Road). Continue for 2 miles, then turn right on Forest Service Road 3100-320 and continue to Forest Service Road 3100-330 and turn left. Travel 2 more miles to Shamrock Springs, which is located at the end of the road. Neither the trail nor the trailhead is well marked, however it begins about 100 yards to the west of the springs.



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  Area/Length : 
6.8 miles

  Elevation : 
2400 - 5100