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Eastern Washington is known for its unique geologic features formed by basaltic lava flows and massive glacial flooding. Looking down on the Walla Walla valley floor from the Blue Mountains, the rolling landscape extends as far as the eye can see. Contrasting this iconic site is a large patch of green denoting town. Under canopy, the people of Walla Walla enjoy a handful of very big trees.

  • What To Do
    • Walking Path

      Stroll along the paths at Pioneer Park or follow the sidewalks through historic neighborhoods or take in the beauty of Whitman College. The big trees of Walla Walla are sprinkled throughout town. Some of these trees are the biggest of their kind in the state. Treat the adventure as a scavenger hunt with little ones or go all in and research and catalog your way through the guide. This is a wonderful activity to enjoy throughout the seasons. For detailed information, maps, and history of the big trees, utilize the A Walking Guide to the Big Trees of Walla Walla.

      Also, enjoy the Tree People of Walla Walla's video highlighting Measuring the Great London Planetree located at the Jeannette C. Hayner Park.

  • What To Expect

    Cottonwood, birch, willow, and chokecherry are native species to the Walla Walla valley. Many non-native species were introduced at the turn of the 20th century, including exotics from Europe and Asia. Finding these big trees on foot or bicycle is a breeze thanks to the Walking Guide to the Big Trees of Walla Walla.

  • When To Go

    Is there a bad time to look at a tree? Study bare branches (if deciduous) in the winter. Enjoy the verdant colors of spring, and take shade under canopy in the summer. One of our favorite fall pastimes is grabbing a cup of coffee or two from any number of local shops and watching vibrant red, orange, and yellow trees fall from above our heads and blanket the ground below.

  • How To Get There

    Follow the A Walking Guide to the Big Trees of Walla Walla maps that enumerate the trees based on location within a noted area.

Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained.

  • Your Public Lands

    Pioneer Park (City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation); Whitman College (Property owned by college); and various neighborhoods around the City of Walla Walla

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    942 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Reservations:

    No

  • ADA:

    Yes

  • Multi-Use:

    Yes

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Fees

    None

  • Permits

    None

  • Regulations

    Not all the routes are on public lands. Whitman College and through neighborhoods will take tree enthusiasts on or near private land. Please be respectful of this fact and leave no trace.

  • Amenities

    At Pioneer Park there are two ADA restrooms, benches, and picnic tables scattered throughout. There are no public restrooms available in the neighborhoods.

  • Field Notes

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.