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Grouse Mountain

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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5.0 miles, one-way


Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.


5.00 out of 5


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Northwest Forest Pass

A great first-of-spring hike for the whole family less than an hour from Walla Walla, this trail has hikers wandering atop a ridgeline, looking down into the North Fork of the Umatilla River.

The trail starts at the Zig Zag Spring Trailhead and shares trailhead with Lick Creek Trail. From the trailhead, it initially descends through a stand of pine that opens to a rolling ridge line that you can follow for two or three miles-- as far as your heart desires.

You'll be amazed by the wildflowers in the spring, which are particularly spectacular considering how moderate and accessible the trail is. A hike here in early May as the snow recedes will reward you with fields of Avalanche lilies.


Grouse Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.7462, -118.1709 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Grouse Mountain (#3081)

Umatilla National Forest, Walla Walla Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Bingham Springs

Blalock Mountain

USFS Umatilla National Forest 2003

Getting There

From Walla Walla take Highway 125 south towards Athena, turning east on Higway 204 towards Tollgate. Just past mileage marker 14, turn right on McDougall Camp Road (Forest Road #3715) and drive the to end of the road. The Zig Zag Springs trailhead may not be marked. The Lick Creek Trail also starts here.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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