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This is a small campground with big views. Sitting near the top of the Blue Mountains and overlooking the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Godman Campground offers great access to wilderness trails. Located along the historic Kendall Skyline Road, use this campground as a home base to explore the many hiking opportunities and viewpoints located nearby.

  • Distance:

    1.5 - 2.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Summer, Fall

  • Elevation:

    6,050 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    No

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    No

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    N/A

  • Your Public Lands

    Umatilla National Forest (Pomeroy Ranger District)

  • What To Do
    • Camping

      Over a mile high and bordering the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, this campground offers eight sites (five tent only, three tent/trailer) at no charge.

    • Hiking

      Located just steps away from the campground is the Godman Trailhead. This trailhead leads into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness via West Butte Trail (#3138). Also just steps away from this campground is the Meadow Creek Trail (#3123) connecting into the Tucannon drainage. Another great wilderness hiking opportunity (as well as stunning viewpoint) is a mere 3.5 miles away at Teepee Trailhead via the Mt. Misery Trail (#3113) to the Oregon Butte Lookout.

      Consider downloading the Motor Vehicle Use Map. This part of the forest is reflected on Map 18. 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. From Walla Walla, take HWY 12 east to Dayton. Travel through the town of Dayton, Washington (or stop and take advantage of a local bakery or two). Take a right South 4th Street/N Touchet Road and follow for five miles. Turn left onto Hatley Gulch Road (gravel) and follow roughly 4.5 miles to the roads end. Turn right onto Eckler Mountain Road and follow for 5.5 miles. You will come to a monument and signage for Godman, turn right. After a mile the road enters the Umatilla National Forest and becomes NF-46/Skyline Road. Continue another 11 miles to the campground on your right.

  • When To Go

    Weather definitely dictates use. The campground is usually accessible June through October. The road is actually quite nice, but given its elevation if snow is present use caution. Taking advantage of clearer air in spring and fall to maximize view is very much encouraged. However, if valley heat is unbearable, by all means head up the mountain.

  • What To Expect

    This is a small campground among pine and fir trees not heavily used. Many of the sites have a stone fireplace or fire pit, adding a unique feature. There is also a covered picnic area complete with fireplace and cook stove. Likely hunters set up camp in this area late season. Be sure to bring extra layers as the high elevation can bring much cooler temperatures once the sun goes down.

  • Fees

    None

  • Permits

    None

  • Regulations

    Wilderness regulations apply in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Such restrictions include no motorized equipment, bicycles, or hang gliders to name a few. Groups larger than twelve are prohibited as well as caching or leaving equipment or supplies for longer than 72 hours. Most applicable to hikers is the fact that shortcutting a switchback on any trail is also a violation of wilderness regulations. For a complete list of wilderness regulations applicable to those within the forest, visit the Umatilla National Forest website.

    Dispersed camping is allowed in the Umatilla National Forest. This means you can camp up to 300 feet off whatever road (paved or primitive) where it appears others have camped in the past. Obviously, no facilities are available so pack in and pack everything out. These spots are common in the Blue Mountains especially when there isn’t a campground near.

  • Amenities

    There is one vault toilet, picnic tables, fire pits, and a covered picnic area. No trash service, so pack in and pack out.

  • 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.

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