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At the edge of town lies a plethora of history. Walk the grounds of Whitman Mission and follow the Oregon Trail. Interpretive displays are spread throughout the premises as are benches, so take a moment and enjoy the natural landscape and wildlife. Two walking paths give you plenty of space to roam. Where else can you stroll along the Oregon Trail and actually see where the wagon wheels once rolled?

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    615 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    No

  • ADA:

    Yes

  • Multi-Use:

    Yes

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Your Public Lands

    National Park Service: U.S. Department of the Interior

  • What To Do
    • Walking Paths

      There are two walking paths to choose from that offer users both scenic and historic views. The path around the Mission is about a mile long. It is paved and takes you around the original grounds and burial sites, as well as along a small section of the Oregon Trail. The other path is labeled the Mill Creek Loop and wanders through the grasslands by way of a mowed grass path approximately 0.8 miles in length.

  • How To Get There

    From downtown Walla Walla, take HWY 12 west for six miles then turn left onto Spalding Road. Turn right onto Old HWY 12 and continue for roughly a mile and turn left onto Sweagle Road. Follow for another half mile and turn left onto Whitman Mission Road. The Visitor Center and parking area are at the end of the road.

  • When To Go

    Whitman Mission is open year round. The grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center hours are seasonal, check the Whitman Mission website for more information.

  • What To Expect

    The paved path is great for all ages. There is plenty of space to roam and sights to see with benches spread throughout to rest. If able to make your way up a fairly steep incline to the Whitman Memorial Shaft enjoy a great viewpoint of the Mission itself as well as the surrounding valley. You can walk a section of the Oregon Trail, as well as walk through the Mission grounds. Many interpretive signs offer information regarding where the buildings once stood.

    On the north end of the property near the picnic area you will find the Mill Creek Loop. This is a mowed path through grassland bordering Mill Creek. There are no benches or water fountains on this path. In the winter this path makes for a good snowshoeing and cross-country skiing area just minutes away from downtown. Leashes are still required on this path as is cleaning up after your pet.

  • Fees

    None

  • Permits

    None

  • Amenities

    A restroom is available at the Visitor Center. Water fountains, available spring through fall, are located outside of the Visitor Center and at the Whitman Memorial Shaft atop the hill. A picnic area with tables and a BBQ grill is available on a first come first served basis. There are several benches located along the paved path. Paved path is ADA friendly. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge during operating hours. Informative signs have an audio feature.

  • 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

    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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