Oregon Butte Grand Loop Trail

Pomeroy, Washington

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The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness protects 177,465 acres of forests, canyons, pristine rivers, and basaltic buttes in the remote Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon. Hundreds of miles of trail traverse this wilderness, yet most see very little use. For you and your dog, solitude, superb wildlife viewing, and a quality backcountry experience are guaranteed. Although you can traipse through the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from late spring to late fall, it’s best to avoid this area during the heart of summer. It is not unusual for the Blues to record temperatures in excess of 100°F. Surprisingly, they are not dry. Abundant springs can be found along the ridges and slopes, and numerous creeks and rivers drain the canyons. Autumn is the best time to explore, when the air is cool and the larches paint the hillsides golden. However, be advised that hunting is popular here. Know when hunting season begins and be sure that you and your dog are sporting orange.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness protects 177,465 acres of forests, canyons, pristine rivers, and basaltic buttes in the remote Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon. Hundreds of miles of trail traverse this wilderness, yet most see very little use. For you and your dog, solitude, superb wildlife viewing, and a quality backcountry experience are guaranteed.

Although you can traipse through the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from late spring to late fall, it’s best to avoid this area during the heart of summer. It is not unusual for the Blues to record temperatures in excess of 100°F. Surprisingly, they are not dry. Abundant springs can be found along the ridges and slopes, and numerous creeks and rivers drain the canyons. Autumn is the best time to explore, when the air is cool and the larches paint the hillsides golden. However, be advised that hunting is popular here. Know when hunting season begins and be sure that you and your dog are sporting orange.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Pomeroy
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best June to November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 6,387 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District
Local Maps: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Umatilla National Forest USFS
Driving Directions: Directions to Oregon Butte Grand Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2011
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Not a bad trip but not the greatest either. There are very limited campsites between the trailhead and the top but the route up to Oregon Butte can easily be made in a day. The trial is also used by horses so it is very rocky and torn up in places. The springs are easy to find and the view from the Butte is awesome. I could see Rainier to the west and Rattlesnake to the east. The fire lookout is pretty interesting and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. It makes a good 2 or 3 day trip of you've got nothing else to do.


7/12/2010
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Went towards the end of the summer and the weather could not have been better. The view from Oregon Butte was amazing, could actually see the Cascade range. Ran into about a half dozen groups along the ridges but we later dropped into the stream beds and never saw another person until leaving or gorged on wild huckleberries.



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Apr 2018