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Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

48.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6387 ft.

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 
 

From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views.

Start from the Diamond Peak trailhead outside Pomeroy, where it’s a scant mile to the Mount Misery Trail intersection. Consider the optional side trip to 6,379-foot Diamond Peak before dropping down the Melton Creek Trail. Melton Creek eventually joins the Crooked Creek Trail, crossing into Oregon and losing more than 3,000 feet of elevation during its descent to the Wenaha Wild and Scenic River.

Follow the river upstream for 3 miles to its intersection with the Weller Butte–Smooth Ridge Trail, then begin the arduous climb to regain all the lost elevation. The trail ascends more than 16 miles through desert terrain, old-growth forest, wildflower meadow and open grassland. Giant western larches, ponderosa pines and western junipers adorn the route—and don’t forget to keep an eye out for deer, bighorn sheep, elk, bears and cougars.

Don’t miss the side hike to the fire lookout at Oregon Butte when Smooth Ridge rejoins the Mount Misery Trail, where on a clear day one can see the Cascades to the west and Oregon’s Wallowas to the south.

Complete the loop by following the Mount Misery Trail back to Diamond Peak. The views along the route are fantastic, so there’s no reason to be miserable except that each step brings you closer to the end of the trek. Note the location of springs on the map as water is hard to find, especially on Smooth Ridge and Mount Misery.

WTA Pro Tip: The loop is best done in early summer, when wildflowers are at their peak and seasonal springs still hold water. In fall wear blaze orange, as hunters may outnumber hikers.

 

Mount Misery Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1192, -117.5367 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

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Getting There

From Pomeroy, turn right on 15th St, which becomes Peola Road and then Mountain Road. Continue 15 miles to pavement’s end, where it becomes FR 40. At 7.7 miles, turn right on FR 4030 to the trailhead at 4.5 miles.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 

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