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Day Hike - Zumwalt Prairie Preserve

Amazing Wildflowers & Birds! Spectacular colorful spring wildflower blooms on the rolling prairie grasslands and canyons, with good wildlife viewing of raptors and other birds, mammals, and pollinators in a large Nature Conservancy Preserve in NE Oregon. Leisurely pace for naturalist and photography interests.

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  • Sat, May 21, 2016 — Sun, May 22, 2016
  • Seattle Naturalists Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft

8:15-8:30am Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, Duckett Barn Information Center.  Drive time approx 45 min to 1 hour from Joseph or Enterprise, or 1-1.25 hour sfrom Wallowa Lk State Park.  Via Highway 82, Crow Creek Road 5 miles from highway 82, right onto Zumwalt Road 13.6 miles, right at Zumwalt Prairie sign for 1.4 miles to Duckett Barn parking.

Join us to see the premier spring wildflower bloom in the northwest, with wildflowers painting  sweeping magnificent colors over the high Zumwalt Prairie!

We'll hike all four trails during the weekend, with option to repeat one or more trails.  Saturday full day of hikes; Sunday half-day of hikes with option to extend to full day (afternoon hiking at Zumwalt or Buckhorn Lookout area. 

Leisurely pace for naturalist and photography interests. 

Recommend camping or motel, Friday and Saturday evening, in Wallowa/Lostine/Enterprise/Joseph area.  Camping available at Wallowa Lake State Park and RV parks in area.   Accommodation info:  Leader is camping at Wallowa Lake State Park.

Approx drive time from Seattle via I-5 and I-84 via LaGrande, OR to Lostine/Enterprise/Joseph is 8-9 hours, or 7.5-8  hours to Wallowa.  Travel from Seattle area via I-90 reduces drive time by 2+ hours. 

For photo previews of Zumwalt's beautiful wildflowers and scenery, search:  Zumwalt Prairie wildflowers. 

Zumwalt Prairie plant lists:  see links on Nature Conservancy pages for Zumwalt and under Wallowa county sites at http:/

 Wallowa County tourism info:

If time, consider further explorations in the Zumwalt/Wallowa/Imnaha area for wolf observations, birding and more spring wildflowers.  Good opportunities to observe wolves from one or more of the several wolf packs in the prairies, foothills to high country in Wallowa county.   Great spring birding opportunities in Wallowa Lake area, and near LaGrande at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Management Area (shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, bobolinks and more) and Spring Creek Great Gray Owl Management Area (highest nesting density of nesting Great Grays in the lower-48 with best sightings May-early June, also wild turkeys, woodpeckers, forest birds and other owls).  For more birding info, see Birding Oregon (Rakestraw) and The Birder's Guide to Oregon (Evanich).  For wolf info see:


Zumwalt Prairie Preserve

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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