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CURRENT CONDITIONS
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Driving between Waitsburg and Dayton, Washington the Touchet River meanders from one side of the road to the other. The hillsides reflect the season as crops display their cyclical transformations. It is hard to appreciate at highway speed, which is why locals and travels alike should take a moment to gain a different perspective just above the valley floor on the Rock Hill Trail.

  • What To Do
    • Hiking/ Biking

      This 1.5 mile hiking and biking loop welcomes users to Dayton on the city's west side. It is a lovely addition to what folks can do close to town and is complimentary to the Touchet River Levee Trail. Gaining just a few hundred feet sure shows off the local geology.

  • What To Expect

    The Rock Hill Trail is a short 1.5 mile loop with mild switchbacks climbing above town. This trail is on an open hillside, so take water and sunscreen, especially in the summer months. There are benches along the path, giving plenty of opportunities for rest, a picnic, or sightseeing.

  • When To Go

    This trail is accessible most of the year. To maintain condition, try to avoid if muddy or slushy. Pair this trail with a dining and/or shopping outing.

  • 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 eastbound for 30 miles to the town of Dayton, Washington. Upon entering town, turn right onto Port Way. The trailhead is located next to the main Port of Columbia building.

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

  • Your Public Lands

    Port of Columbia

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper, Adventurer

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    1,600 - 1,900 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Reservations:

    N/A

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    Yes

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Fees

    None

  • Permits

    None

  • Regulations

    The Rock Hill Trail is open to foot traffic and bicycles only. No motorized vehicles allowed.

  • Amenities

    Public restrooms are available at the Touchet River Levee Trail.

  • 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.