Oregon Butte

Hike to a restored lookout with sweeping views of ridges and canyons, meadows, wildflowers, and wildlife along Oregon Butte Trail in Washington's Blue Mountains and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

getting there

Drive west on US 12 from Pomeroy 4.5 miles to Tatman Mountain Road. Turn left and drive 9 miles to Tucannon River Road. Turn left (south) and drive 11 miles on Tucannon River Road which becomes Forest Road 47. Turn right onto Forest Road 4620 (Patrick Grade Road) and continue 4.1 miles to its junction with Country Road 1424 (Kendall Skyline Road). Drive south on Country Road 1424 which becomes Forest Road 46 for 11.6 miles. Tun left onto Forest Road 4608 and follow it for 5.8 miles to the road's end ad the Teepee Campground (5,500 ft).

on the trail

day hiking

Hike from the Teepee Campground via West Butte to the Oregon Butte Lookout. It's 6.1 miles round trip with 800 feet of elevation gain.

Side trips

  • From Oregon Butte hike the Smooth Ridge Trail south to Danger Point (5,461 ft) and enjoy views of the canyon. This adds 3.8 miles ad 1,000 feet of elevation gain.
  • Hike north along Mount Misery Trail's high ridges to Indian Corral (5,700 ft). It adds 6.6 miles and 700 feet of elevation gain.  

backpacking

There are excellent campsites and reliable springs near Oregon Butte and Indian Corral that make for  good in-and-out backpacking options.  Also consider backpacking the loop from west from Indian Coral along Panjab Creek to Turkey Creek and then south back to Teepee Campground. It's 17.4 miles with 3,400 feet of elevation gain.

Map:  USGS Oregon Butte

notes

  • Enjoy spectacular flower displays  and views of lingering snowfields in June.
  • It's usually best to avoid July and August, because of the heat. Temperatures during the day are often 90°F and hotter.
  • Enjoy golden larches in the fall, but beware of he many hunters that will be in the area.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 17.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • 6,387 ft
Map
  • USFS Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness
  • USGS Oregon Butte
  • USGS Panjab Creek
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