Umatilla National Forest
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The Umatilla offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Some of the many activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, four-wheel driving, motorcycle and ATV riding, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
The Forest has established campgrounds located throughout the Forest. If you prefer more solitude or want to explore the backcountry, most of the Forest is open for dispersed or backcountry camping. Some regulations apply. Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas or trailheads.
For winter sports enthusiast, the Blue Mountains offer blue skies and sunshine. The Umatilla National Forest administers two ski area in the heart of the Blues. Ski Bluewood operates under a special use permit and offer excellent downhill skiing opportunities from late November through early April.
Rafting and kayaking is available on the Wallowa, Grande Ronde and North Fork John Day Rivers.
Points of Interest on the Umatilla include:
The Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is a relaxing, scenic alternative to I-84. It is a stretch of State, County, and Forest Service roads that provides an alternate route for freeway travelers between Arlington and Baker City, Oregon.
The Vinegar Hill/Indian Rock Scenic Area is located on the southernmost portion of the Umatilla National Forest adjacent to the North Fork John Day Wilderness. The major attraction of this area, aside from hunting opportunities, is the splendid 360-degree vista available from several high elevation viewpoints.
Ray Ridge Viewpoint – Located just south of Misery Spring Campground on Forest Road 025, off Forest Road 4030, on the Pomeroy Ranger District, this viewpoint offers an unobstructed view of the Wenaha -Tucannon Wilderness. Also visible in the distance are the Eagle Cap Mountains in Oregon and the Seven Devils Peaks of Idaho.
Stahl Canyon Overlook – On the Heppner Ranger District, Forest Roads 21 & 25 offer a scenic loop drive with a variety of scenery and panoramic views. The overlook, located on Forest Road 21, offers a panoramic view of the canyon and beyond.
The Whitman Route Overlook provides a spectacular view of Meacham Canyon and the Hell Hole Roadless area. The lookout is located on Forest Road 475, just off of the Kendall Skyline Road.
At an elevation of 6250 feet, Table Rock offers spectacular and unmatched views of the surrounding terrain. The lookout is located on Forest Road 475, just off of the Kendall Skyline Road.
Three designated wilderness areas exist on the Umatilla National Forest: the Wenaha-Tucannon, the North Fork Umatilla, and the North Fork John Day. These areas are unique because they are unlike many wilderness areas. The Umatilla’s wilderness radiates down into steep gorges and canyons from high plateaus instead of upward to high peaks and alpine lakes. This unusual terrain offers a unique wilderness experience.
: Changes in weather are common, but summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings. Cold, snowy winters and mild temperatures during spring and fall can be expected.
Location: The Umatilla National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. The Forest is headquartered in Pendelton, Oregon.
Contact Info: Umatilla National Forest2517 S.W. Hailey AvenuePendletonOR97801541-278-3716
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