Wenaha River

Troy, Oregon 97835

Wenaha River

Wenaha River Professional Review and Guide

"A round-trip day hike or a two-day, round-trip backpack in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Unlike many hiking trails, this one begins at a high point and descends to the river below.

Although several trails lead to the Wenaha River, this is perhaps one of the nicest. You’ll hike through the trees, yet there are open areas for a look into other portions of the wilderness. Special attractions: Solitude, except during hunting season; wildlife, including bald and golden eagles, woodpeckers, and various mammals."

Wenaha River Reviews

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this would be a four star for the beauty of the area plus the lack of other hikers on the trail except for the very poor condition of the trail (brush is very bad in many places). It was very hot the days I was there but spending time in the river made the trip memorable. There was no poison oak that I saw as far as Fairview Bar but lots of rattlesnakes. Campsites are quite frequent and there were no other campers for 3 of the four nights. Travel time from La Grande is 2.5 hours with much of the driving on gravel roads but it is exceptionally lovely. I would suggest that a multiday trip should include a lot of fishing and hanging out when it is hot rather than long days of hiking. This is a major elk hunting area in the fall.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best June through November
3,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,900 feet
Top Elevation
Umatilla National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Wenaha Forks; Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018