Hiking Project Logo

North Fork Umatilla River Trail #3083

Difficult
 4.0 (1)

A trail through the wilderness in two parts: lower river journey, or upper slopes with great views of the Blues.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

9.0

Miles

14.6

KM

Point to Point

5,094' 1,553 m

High

2,365' 721 m

Low

3,197' 974 m

Up

468' 143 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail can be accessed on either end. The Google mapping app will take you to the lower trailhead on the North Fork. The upper trailhead is often call Coyote Ridge Trail is accessed off of HWY 204 about 0.5 west of Tollgate store.

Need to Know

Restroom available at lower trailhead.

Description

This trail is entirely within the North Fork Umatilla River Wilderness. The lower trail follows the river for about 5.0 miles. There are two campsites. The first at about 3.5 miles (just before where the trail crosses Coyote Creek) is often called the "Boy Scout Camp." The second is at the point where the trail climbs up to Coyote Ridge. The upper secton, or "Coyote Ridge" trail, traverses the steep slopes. As a south facing slope, it is a mix of open grass versus brush filled spring fed sections. The upper trail does provide spectacular views of the surrounding Blues.

Link here to get additional information on the USFS Umatilla NF.

Flora & Fauna

The lower trail has a mix of fir and pine trees, many old growth.

Contacts

Shared By:

Greg Brown

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#11158

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#348

in Oregon

#11,158

Overall
53 Views Last Month
580 Since Sep 26, 2018
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%
0%

Photos

Upper trail of North Fork commonly called the Coyote Ridge section.
Feb 24, 2019 near Elgin, OR
View from the upper trail of Coyote Ridge looking SW
Oct 1, 2018 near Elgin, OR
Bridge at Coyote Creek
Oct 1, 2018 near Elgin, OR
Hiking the upper trail Coyote Ridge.
Sep 26, 2018 near Elgin, OR
Campsite approximately 5 miles from lower trailhead. Near junction of Coyote Creek and North Fork Umatilla River.
Feb 24, 2019 near Elgin, OR
Blues Crew work party repairing trail tread
Apr 21, 2019 near Athena, OR

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Bad / Closed 34 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none