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Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

21.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2700 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

This backpack loop starts low where water and trees abound, then climbs high to take in the views on the Mount Misery trail's open ridges.

An easy one- or two- night backpack trip, give some thought to campsite locations to take advantage of the few springs that are available in the high country.

Though finding water may take a little work, finding the flora and fauna is easy. In the spring, watch for rare sulphur lupine alongside its purple relative, along with columbine and hillsides covered in buckwheat.

Hike at dawn and dusk for the best chance of spotting the resident elk herds.

WTA Pro-Tip: Leave a bike or a shuttle vehicle at the Panjab Creek campground (not to be confused with the Panjab trailhead) to avoid the necessary road walk to complete the circuit on this backpack trip.

 

Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1890, -117.6194 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Wenaha-Tuchannon wilderness map

Getting There

From US Hwy. 12 west of Pomeroy, turn south on Tatman Mountain-Linville Gulch Road. At 9 miles, turn south on the Tucannon River Road. Continue just over 13 miles, bearing left on FR 4712 near Panjab Creek (the exit point for this loop; see pro-tip below). The trailhead is located at road's end, approximately 5 miles from the intersection.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

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