- Your Public Lands
Umatilla National Forest (Walla Walla Ranger District)
- What To Do
- Hiking/ Biking
Eagle Ridge Trail (#3232) is a 7.8 mile trail paralleling Eagle Creek and crosses Lookingglass Creek. Consider downloading the Motor Vehicle Use Map. This part of the forest is reflected on Map 14. The Avenza Map app is also quite helpful as users can upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) within the app to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay your location on the map. Most of the intersections along the trail are not clearly marked, which is why this tool is so helpful.
- How To Get There
Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained. The most popular way to access this trail is from the trailhead located at Woodland Campground just off HWY 204. From Walla Walla, take HWY 11 south. Five miles past Milton-Freewater, OR turn left on Winn Road. Continue two miles and turn left onto HWY 204. Drive 24 miles due east to arrive at the entrance to the Woodland campground on your left. The trail is accessed at the entrance of the campground on your right with a small area for parking and a trail sign marker. If this parking area is full or if you are towing a horse trailer, there is additional parking on NF-3725 (Balloon Tree Road) which is 1/4 mile west of the campground entrance off HWY 204. Follow this gravel road roughly 3/4 mile to find a pull out parking area on your right. The trail is a short distance further south on NF-3725 on the left side of the road.
To begin at the Luger Spring Trailhead at the east end of the trail, take HWY 11 south out of Walla Walla. Five miles past Milton-Freewater, OR turn left on Winn Road. Continue two miles and turn left onto HWY 204. Drive roughly 19 miles and turn left onto Skyline Road/ NF-64 (just past Langdon Lake). Follow NF-64 for ten miles then turn right onto NF-63. Follow NF-63 for 5.5 miles to the junction of NF-63 and NF-6306. Keep straight to NF-6306 and continue for just over two miles. Turn left onto NF-6306-060. It is marked with a small brown road sign. Follow for another 1/4 mile and take the left fork for another 1/4 mile and you will arrive at the Luger Spring Trailhead and a primitive campground.
- When To Go
This is another trail located near the summit of the Blue Mountains, so access will be later in the spring when the snow melts. It is also a great summer trail as the elevation and dense tree cover provides cooler temperatures and shade.
- What To Expect
The west end of this trail starts off relatively flat for the first two miles as you make your way through young timber. Along the way you will make a few road crossings, but the trail is easy to follow. Just past the two mile mark you make a small descent with a few switchbacks. At the five mile mark it's decision time. Either turn back now while you are still somewhat high up on the ridge, or fully commit and take the plunge down steep switchbacks that lead into old growth forest to the trail bottom at Lookingglass Creek. Cross the creek via a nice bridge, and then start making your way up the steep 1.5 mile steady grade climb to the Luger Spring Trailhead. On the way up to Luger Spring Trailhead you will come to a road crossing underneath power lines. Turn right and walk/ ride about 100 feet and you will reconnect with the trail. If for some reason you cannot locate the trail, you can follow the road heading northwest (left when you emerge from the trail) for 1.5 miles, and it will take you directly to the primitive campsite and trailhead.
For those using the trail by way of bicycle or motorcycle, keep in mind that this trail does get rocky and loose with areas of large tree roots as you start to make your way down the ridge. Many of the switch backs are very sharp adding to the excitement and/ or difficulty depending on your skill level. For those who are in the Jubilee Lake area and looking for a short hike, this trail is a pleasant but steep 1.5 mile walk down to Lookingglass Creek from the Luger Spring Trailhead. Luger Pond is nearby as well if you brought your fishing pole.
Motorized vehicles: Class 3 ATV (motorcycles) only. Must have current ORV registration (WA, ID, CA tags honored) and ATV safety card (motorcycles are a class III ATV). Safety cards are free online if over age 16 and those are good for life. Riders under 16 must take a hands on course. Full details at the Oregon Online ATV Safety Education Course website.
Luger Spring Trailhead has an outhouse located on the backside of the primitive camping area, and there is a stocked fishing pond (Luger Pond) across NF-6306. Woodland Campground is a good home base with access to other trails such as Umatilla Rim Trail (#3080) and Lake Creek Trail (#3018).
- Wildlife Awareness
We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.
- Field Notes
Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.
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.