Umatilla Rim Trail #3080

Area Status: Open

The trail begins at the Trailhead off the Horseshoe Prairie Road 3728020. The trail parallels Highway 204 for the first mile, then turns to the Northwest and West and parallels the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness boundary until it runs into the Lake Creek Trail #3079.

At a Glance

Open Season: Late May - October
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Pendleton, OR

General Information


Lower Access, From Pendleton, Oregon: Drive east for 7 miles on Interstate 84 and take Exit 216.  Go left (north) for 2 miles to the blinking 4-way stoplight.  Take a right onto Mission Road and continue onto Cayuse Road/County Road 931/Emigrant Road.  After 1.7 miles turn left onto Cayuse Road (follow Bar M Ranch signs).  Travel about 16 miles to where it meets Bingham Road. Turn right onto Bingham Road/County Road 900, cross the railroad tracks, and follow Bingham Road/County Road 900 (NOTE: this road becomes Forest Service Road 32 at the forest boundary) for approximately 9.5 miles.  Cross the bridge just past the Umatilla Forks Campground and take the first left onto Forest Service Road 3200-045, approximately ¾ of a mile further.  This leads to the Buck Creek Organizational Camp and the Buck Creek Trailhead is located at the end of the road.

Upper Access, Lake Creek TrailheadFrom Weston, Oregon: Travel east on Highway 204 for 27.4 miles (8 miles south of Tollgate and 14 miles north of Elgin). Then turn west on Forest Service Road 31 (Summit Road) and travel 5.5 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 3150.  Turn right onto Forest Service Road 3150 and go approximately 1.3 miles to Forest Service Road 3150-035 and turn right again.  This is the Lake Creek Trailhead.  Follow Lake Creek trail for ¾ of a mile to the Buck Mountain Trail junction.


Day Hiking

See activity description under Backpacking.
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


 The trail climbs briskly (about 1900’) in the first 1.5 miles. The remaining 6.0 miles climbs only 300’ in elevation, gradually making its way through a series of mountain meadows. A panoramic view can be seen from the top of Buck Mountain.

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

There is no space to park horse trailers at this trailhead.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 

  Elevation : 
2400 - 4450