Tucannon River Trail

Pomeroy, Washington 99347

Tucannon River Trail

Tucannon River Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a great hike early in the season when the high country is still covered with snow and the surrounding hills haven’t yet begun to fry in the hot Umatilla sun. But even when the mercury rises, the banks of the Tucannon are graced with cool forest. Mosses and ferns attest to this. It’s a well-shaded path with plenty of places to soak your feet.

If you’re a dog, no reason to stop at the feet; nothing less than a full body plunge will suffice! Although in some years you and Rover can set out on this trail in early May, it’s not unusual for winter storms to lay a few obstacles in your path. While the occasional downed tree may be a hindrance to you, to your pup it’s a play park."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Rich Landers
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"Start by crossing Sheep Creek on a sturdy bridge. The way follows a recently decommissioned road for about a 0.25 mile before transitioning to older roadbed. Traversing a bench above the Tucannon River, the trail skirts the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness before briefly passing through a small section of it. The 177,465-acre wilderness was created in 1978 to protect the habitat of one of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain elk. They were introduced into the region in 1913. Hunters covet them, and during elk season this trail and many others in the region see quite a bit of human activity. Otherwise, it’s pretty quiet in the backcountry of the Blues." Read more

Tucannon River Trail Reviews

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A couple friends and I spent a weekend at the Tucannon Campgrounds just north of this trail. We decided to go hiking on one of the days and left our campsite, driving approximately 20 minutes to the Tucannon River trial head. The hike was easy with very little elevation gain and most of the trail is through wooded areas. There are several spots where the trees have died and/or been burned down, but the scenery was beautiful. The trail runs along the river, but there are only a few spots where the trail actually goes near enough to the river to make it accessible. We brought our dog and he seemed to enjoy the hike as well. There are several spots in the 4 mile journey that could be used for camping or like we did, stop and have lunch. There are two trails in this area posted on Trails.com; Tucannon River and the Tucannon trail, these are the same trails, so don't confuse yourself. I would suggest this hike to anyone wanting a nice , easy, relaxing day hike.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Best May to November
3,450 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,100 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