This section of the trail has a gentle grade. The trail is wide without ledges or rock fall. Spring brings wildflowers and fall a heavy crop of huckleberries to stain hands and smiling faces purple.
The access point is on USFS Road #3150 about 1 mile south of the the Lake Creek Trailhead cut off. A small open area about 100' from there provides parking and turn around space.
The first 1/2 mile is the old USFS Road #065 that descends and connects with the Buck Mountain Trail. This hike takes the western leg to the ridge. After about 2 1/2 miles of beautiful mixed conifer forest trail it opens up on the ridge line.
Arriving at an elevation of 4651 feet, Buck Mountain is a great lunch spot. Spectacular views of the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness are the reward. Looking north the Buck Creek watershed below and on the horizon Grouse Mountain on the horizon are visible.
Several stands of old growth Ponderosa pine trees can be enjoyed in this area.