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Buck Mountain Trail - mid trail access

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A family friendly shortened access to the Buck Mountain Trail and to the ridge line meadows of Buck Mountain.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Out and Back

4,704' 1,434 m

High

4,508' 1,374 m

Low

590' 180 m

Up

590' 180 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly 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.

Overview

This is the mid section of the Buck Mountain Trail.

Need to Know

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.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Greg Brown

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Ponderosa pine stands in the meadows of Buck Mountain.
Aug 9, 2020 near Elgin, OR
A wonderful shaded forested section of the trail
Aug 16, 2020 near Elgin, OR
Walking the forest canopy.
Aug 8, 2020 near Elgin, OR

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