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North Fork Umatilla River Trail #3083

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


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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°)

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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.

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Greg Brown

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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

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Apr 17, 2021
Greg Brown
Blues Crew teams have restore the lower 3 miles of trail. Heavy tree fall still on upper trail beyond Coyote Creek
Jul 24, 2020
Derek S.
Trail is overgrown in several sections from Coyote Rodge. Got tired of bushwhacking 3 miles in. Not great for trailrunning. Beautiful nonetheless.