South Fork Walla Walla Trail (Photo Credit: Gwen Dildine)
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Mountain Trails

Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve

A handful of short to moderate length trails treat users to unobstructed views of the Columbia Basin. From atop Badger Mountain, the unique geology and agriculture of eastern Washington is on display. Friends of Badger Mountain, a local group, has preserved this landscape with health and wellness in mind. Enjoy two trailheads and eight miles of well manicured trails. The plan is for these trails to connect with other trail systems in the area.

Bennington Lake

This is about as local as it gets for outdoor activities. Located on the east side of town near Walla Walla Community College, locals and visitors alike are treated to stunning views of the Blue Mountains kissed by rolling fields of wheat. This is a great place to get a little exercise, take the dog for a walk, or escape the city without really having to leave. With so many different activities available, there is…

Chamna Natural Preserve

Once used for grazing and farming, this 276 acre park located along the Yakima River offers plenty of space for multiple recreation opportunities. Walk, trial run, bike, bird watch, or ride horseback on over 11 miles of meandering trails through riparian and wetland habitat. As part of the 30 mile Tapteal Trail, use Chamna Natural Preserve as a start or end point to a longer adventure.

Eagle Ridge Trail / Luger Spring

There is fun for everyone on this multi-use trail that has a lot to offer. Easy access, views, and steep downhill switchbacks into old growth forest for the thrill seekers on two wheels make this a popular summertime trail. Sitting atop the Blue Mountains, the provides a great way to keep cool while you burn calories and enjoy nature.

Fields Spring State Park

Nestled in southeast Washington, Fields Spring State Park is truly a hidden gem. In the summer, enjoy hiking and biking trails. Once the snow falls, snowshoe and cross country ski those same trails throughout the winter. The Puffer Butte Viewpoint overlooks Hells Canyon, the Wallowa Mountains, and the Grand Ronde River. While the journey to the park is definitely outside Walla Walla, it just might become your new favorite scenic drive.

Meadow Creek Trail

Much of the Tucannon area burned in recent history. The far south reach is still lush green. Make your way out of the Tucannon drainage alongside Meadow Creek and up to the top of Middle Point Ridge. Along the way, check out Godman Campground and Guard Station.

Middle Point Ridge Trail

Following the North Fork of the Touchet River and nestled between Chase Mountain and Middle Point Ridge, the Middle Point Trailhead is a mere 17 miles from Dayton, WA and 48 miles from Walla Walla. The views are fantastic. Many folks might use this road in the winter on the way to Ski Bluewood, but the views in spring, summer, and fall are equally as pleasing. As the crow flies, the trailhead is almost the…

Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA)

Situated just north of La Grande, Oregon, Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) is an outdoor enthusiast playground. Encompassing 3,670 acres with 45 miles of motorized trails and another 45 miles of non-motorized trails, the options are prolific and the fun endless. MERA is open all year, offering four season views of the Grande Ronde Valley below. Nowhere else in our region can you find ORV trails, a motocross track, camping, non-motorized trails, and a 100…

North Fork Walla Walla Trail

The North Fork Walla Walla Trail is a jem located not far from town high in the Blue Mountains. The views, lush foliage, and beauty of old growth forest earn it a spot on the enjoy often list. There are multiple ways to enjoy this trail, from a leisurely hike to multi-day backpacking trip or perhaps even on horse or motorcycle. Considering its elevation, keep this trail in mind for summer or early fall before…

Pendleton Adventure Trails Recreation Area (PATRA)

Scenic adventure rides, check. Downhill jumpline, check. Technical decent, check. The PATRA trail system is open to foot and pedal traffic, conveniently located near the Pendleton Airport. A local volunteer group, Pendleton On Wheels, created a system of short trails suited for all skill levels.

Rough Fork Trail

As the name suggests, this trail is one of the more difficult adventures. Users sidehill down a steep and loose trail making any activity difficult at times. Several sharp switchbacks will challenge even the most experienced bikers, human or motor powered. The Rough Fork Trail connects Mottet Campground with the South Fork Walla Walla Trail.

Sinks Trail

Enjoy a steady climb through old growth forest and open meadows as you make your way toward a gem of a finish line. Gaining 1,200 feet over roughly five miles makes it easy on the lungs. It is also a manageable distance for a leisurely stroll through the woods. This trail is a favorite for mountain biking.

Sno Road Winery MTB Trail System

Enjoy mountain biking year-round at Sno Road Winery MTB Trail System. These valley trails offer a nice balance to their mountain counterpart. Likely accessible all year, even when winter has its grip on the mountains, this trail system is ideal for beginners and experts alike. With so many different trails to explore, prepare to spend hours of fun-filled miles on your mountain bike.

South Fork Walla Walla Trail

THIS AREA IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE: This part of the world continues to top the list of favorite, nearby places get outside. Whenever we have company in town who have never experienced the Blue Mountains or if we just want to stretch our legs and listen to running water, this is the spot. The word iconic comes to mind. Just a short drive southeast of town, the trail is excellent for all…

Table Springs / Bear Creek Trail

A multi-use trail providing access to both the North Fork and South Fork Walla Walla Trails giving you many options for an extended trip through the Blue Mountains. Make your way to the top and enjoy panoramic views from the top of Table Springs Ridge.

Tiger Ridge Trail

Mostly used by hunters and ATVs, this trail provides access to a great camping area and connects with the North Fork Walla Walla Trail. If you are looking for a trail less traveled, this one is for you. The northern section takes you along Tiger Ridge, while the southern end leads to the North Fork Walla Walla River. A great candidate for an overnight pack-in camping trip as this is a shorter trail, but pack…

Umatilla Rim Trail

This trail provides so much fun for so many users. Hiking and mountain biking are just a few ways people can enjoy this part of the forest. As the name suggests, the Umatilla Rim Trail follows the ridge and skirts the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness area. It is a long trail with multiple access points to allow for different experiences on the same trail. Multiple lookout areas provide incredible views of the Blue Mountains, and…