"Mile-high Kendall Skyline Road, built in 1928, is named for the U.S. Forest Service employee (William H. Kendall) who conceived, promoted and surveyed what remains one of Washington’s most spectacular backcountry byways. It zigzags for many miles along the crest of a narrow ridge that provides inspiring views of the rugged Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Walla Walla Valley, canyons of Snake River country and Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains. Don’t pass up the spur to Table Rock Lookout (6,250 feet). Built in 1949, it provides an unsurpassed vista from southeastern Washington into Oregon and Idaho. On a native-surface road. But it’s rocky and dusty much of the way. This trip is not for all-wheel-drive passenger cars. Snow can block the road well into July.
From Dayton, follow North Fork Touchet River Road (county road 9115; No. 64 in the national forest) south, more or less, along its namesake into the steep, terraced and forested Blue Mountains. The pavement ends 13.8 miles from town, and 7.8 miles farther you’ll pass the turnoff for Bluewood Ski Area. From that point the graded road diminishes to a more rudimentary single-lane mountain road. A couple of miles past the ski-area turnoff, the views down the region’s many long, deep canyons become increasingly impressive."