North Fork Umatilla River

North Fork Umatilla Wilderness from Coyote Ridge Trail
Easy
(to Coyote Creek)
5.4 miles round trip
350 feet elevation gain
Open except in winter storms
Use: hikers, horses

Moderate (to Coyote Ridge)
11 miles round trip
1050 feet elevation gain
Open April through November 

Left: North Fork Umatilla Wilderness from Coyote Ridge Trail

In Pendleton’s backyard, the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness resembles a one-third-scale version of Hells Canyon, with jagged canyons carved into tablelands of Columbia River basalt lava. The smaller scale of this canyon makes it better suited for day trips. Even hikers with children can handle the 2.7-mile walk to Coyote Creek. And by adding a 2.8-mile climb you gain a viewpoint.

Start by driving ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.

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