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Umatilla Rim Trail #3080

Intermediate
 4.8 (4)

A great multi-use trail that follows the eastern rim of the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness.


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12.1

Miles

19.5

KM

Point to Point

5,253' 1,601 m

High

4,361' 1,329 m

Low

1,424' 434 m

Up

2,147' 654 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Snow will likely cover the trail from November through May.

Need to Know

Optional access available at Nine Mile Trailhead about 4 miles on Summit Road from Hwy 204

While there appears to be a small trailhead off NF-021, there is little to no parking and no signage. Instead, take NF-050 and turn right after less than a mile onto NF-020. There is ample parking here and an actual trailhead. Trailhead is marked "Horseshoe Prairie Trailhead". Take trail #3080.

Description

This is multi-use trail and generally very well maintained by the Forest Service. The trail weaves in and out of forested sections opening up to vistas of the Wilderness. It is particularly gorgeous in late May/early June when the snow finally retreats and the wildflowers bloom in carpets of color. In snow season, a portion of the trail is marked as a ski trail is part of the Horseshoe Prairie Nordic Ski Area. The Rim Trail segment goes from the Horseshoe Prairie Trailhead on the groomed Tamarack to the Viewpoint Cutoff junction. Note that is rated Most Difficult for skiing.

Contacts

Shared By:

Greg Brown with improvements by Derek S.

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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#6,107

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8" of fresh snow
Dec 1, 2019 near Elgin, OR
View to the west at the junction of Ninemile Ridge Trail with the Umatilla Rim Trail
Aug 18, 2020 near Elgin, OR
Views from the trail.
Jun 12, 2019 near Elgin, OR
Clear singletrack path is very obvious throughout the entire run. Surface is packed dirt and easy on the feet.
Jun 12, 2019 near Elgin, OR
About as rocky as the trail gets.
Jun 12, 2019 near Elgin, OR
#3080 Trailhead
Jun 12, 2019 near Elgin, OR

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Jul 15, 2020
Derek S.
Well maintained trail, beautiful views and many creeks! Great for trail running! Passed 4 mountain bikers within the first mile, saw no one else.