- Your Public Lands
Umatilla National Forest (Pomeroy Ranger District)
- What To Do
- 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 for 31 miles to Dayton, WA. Pass through town, and as the road makes a sharp left out of town, turn right onto Patit Road. Patit Road runs roughly 14 miles and ends at Hartsock Grade Road. Take a left at Hartsock Grade Road, which becomes a steep gravel road that is well maintained. Drive another three miles to meet Tucannon Road, and take a right. Drive 11 miles and the road will turn to a gravel forest road NF-47. Continue another four miles and the road forks, stay right and take NF-4713. The trailhead is at the end of the road approximately 3.5 miles ahead.If winter comes early or hangs around late, this route may be closed. There is a flashing sign at the Patit Road turn off that lets you know if the road is open or closed. In case this route is closed, continue on HWY 12 for 13 more miles and take a right onto Tucannon Road just after crossing the Tucannon River bridge. Follow for roughly 28 miles to the end of the paved road and continue another four miles on gravel forest road NF-47. Stay right at the fork and take NF-4713 to the trailhead at the road's end.
- When To Go
Spring access is determined by road conditions and snow level. Summer and fall are great times to make the trek as the first four miles of the trail are in old growth trees. The upper section of the trail is a bit exposed, so pack plenty of water.
- What To Expect
The trail follows Meadow Creek for the first four miles. There is a nice dispersed camping site about a half mile from the trailhead along the creek. The trail is wide and mostly smooth aside from some occasional tree roots and loose rock. Expect a steady climb up to a junction with the Meadow Creek Spur Trail (#3292), which goes to Kendal Skyline Road. Continue onward on Meadow Creek Trail for roughly two more miles to reach the Godman Campground & Trailhead and Godman Guard Station area. Cross Kendal Skyline Road (NF-46) at its junction with NF-4608 to continue onward traveling mostly though thinned forest. There is one final climb as you make your way to the end of the trail atop Middle Point Ridge.
It is $5 per vehicle per day to park at the Meadow Creek Trailhead. There is ample parking even for trailers.
Northwest Forest Pass is accepted in lieu of fee.
Motorized vehicles: Class 1 ATV (50" or less in width) and 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.
There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.
- 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.