Oregon and West Buttes

Pomeroy, Washington 99347

Oregon and West Buttes

Oregon and West Buttes Professional Guide

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"Hike to a historic ?re lookout set on the highest summit in Washington’s Blue Mountains. Look south to Oregon over high tableland ridges and deep forested canyons cut by waterways. Along the way, visit an obscure butte granting sweeping views—and throughout the hike marvel at flowered meadows and cool old-growth forest groves. Chances are always good for seeing some wild critters. Getting to the trailhead is the tough part—the hike is fairly easy, starting from a lofty elevation.

Locate the Mount Misery Trail, which travels east 13 miles across the rooftop of the Blues. Take it and immediately enter the 177,465-acre Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in a mature forest of western larch. Thanks to these trees, the Blues turn gold come October."

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Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides)
Oliver Lazenby
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"A gentle ramble to the highest point in Washington’s Blue Mountains, this hike through the dry, forested landscape is a fine introduction to this wild corner of the state. The Blues are characterized by tall, gentle mountains divided by deep, entrenched river canyons. They hold many delights, such as cold, clear, springs high in the mountains and a plethora of wildlife." Read more
Day Hiking Eastern Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Rich Landers
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"Getting to the trailhead is the tough part. Now from a high starting point, enjoy a nice hike into a small section of the sprawling 177,465-acre Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness spanning the Blues in both Washington and Oregon. Starting from the Teepee Campground, which is generally pretty quiet except for deer and elk season, enjoy good views south into the Butte Creek drainage. Locate the Mount Misery Trail and start hiking. This trail travels 13 miles across the rooftop of the Blues, allowing for more day- hiking options (see Hikes 121 and 123) as well as for some fine backpacking." Read more

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A great way to spend Independence Day. Road would normally be passenger car accessible, quite a few potholes along the way, and a couple places that could be muddy/rough earlier in the year. Trail climbs steadily from the trailhead, never too steeply. A nice little downhill respite approaching the spring, then back uphill to the final destination. It is a nice forest trail most of the way, and doesn't break out into open meadows until you turn south for the last 1/2 mile. Then you have great views all around. Lots of flowers along the way, but some of the early bloomers were just starting at the top. Give it another couple weeks and it would probably be even more amazing. Definitely a place I would return to.
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We hiked in from the TeePee Trailhead, visiting the Oregon Butte tower, then north to Dunlap Spring. We took a "zero" day at Dunlap, which was actually a chance to day-hike. After that, we went south to McBain Spring, about 3 miles south of OR Butte - a beautiful spot. Advice - stay high on the ridge - good trails. The trails in the canyons are hot in the summer and not well maintained. The high ridge, describing a "C" shape around the Butte is fantastic - be mindful of the distance between water sources, though. Carry at least 3-4 liters.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best mid-Jun–Nov
Additional Use
Umatilla NF, Pomeroy Ranger District, Pomeroy
Local Contacts
USFS, Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Umatilla National Forest
Local Maps

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Dec 2018