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Grouse Mountain

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

5.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.

Rating

5.00 out of 5

 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
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.
 
 

A great first-of-spring hike for the whole family less than an hour from Walla Walla, this trail has hikers wandering atop a ridgeline, looking down into the North Fork of the Umatilla River.

The trail starts at the Zig Zag Spring Trailhead and shares trailhead with Lick Creek Trail. From the trailhead, it initially descends through a stand of pine that opens to a rolling ridge line that you can follow for two or three miles-- as far as your heart desires.

You'll be amazed by the wildflowers in the spring, which are particularly spectacular considering how moderate and accessible the trail is. A hike here in early May as the snow recedes will reward you with fields of Avalanche lilies.

 

Grouse Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.7462, -118.1709 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Grouse Mountain (#3081)

Umatilla National Forest, Walla Walla Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Bingham Springs

Blalock Mountain

USFS Umatilla National Forest 2003

Getting There

From Walla Walla take Highway 125 south towards Athena, turning east on Higway 204 towards Tollgate. Just past mileage marker 14, turn right on McDougall Camp Road (Forest Road #3715) and drive the to end of the road. The Zig Zag Springs trailhead may not be marked. The Lick Creek Trail also starts here.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
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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