Umatilla Rim Trail #3080

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This trail begins at the Buck Creek Trailhead and ends at Blue Mountain Trail, Lake Creek Trailhead. It 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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/01/2020: Logged out from Horseshoe Prairie TH to Ninemile TH.
Open Season: Late May - October
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Pendleton, OR

General Information

Directions:

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.

From Walla Walla, Washington: Take Highway 11 to Athena, Oregon and turn left on Pambrum Road. Travel 5 miles and turn left onto Spring Hollow Road and go 6 miles.  Turn left 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.


Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

See activity description under Backpacking.
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Backpacking

 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 & Camping

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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.5

  Elevation : 
2400 - 4450

 



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