Oregon Butte Grand Loop Trail

Pomeroy, Washington 99347

Oregon Butte Grand Loop Trail

Oregon Butte Grand Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness protects 177,465 acres of the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. A land of high tableland ridges and deep forested canyons cut by pristine waterways, the Blues are a wildlife haven traversed by some of the loneliest trails in the Northwest. On this loop to the highest point in the wilderness, enjoy a historical fire lookout, flower-speckled ridges, tumbling creeks, the sun-baked Blues—and the opportunity to see some of the Blues’ legendary elk herd." Read more

Oregon Butte Grand Loop Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Best June to November
3,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,387 feet
Top Elevation
Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District
Local Contacts
Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Umatilla National Forest USFS
Local Maps

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Dec 2018