Panjab Loop

A steep loop hike in eastern Washington's Blue Mountains that is a long or more relaxing overnight trip. Enjoy early season wildflowers, wildlife, and canyon views.

getting there

From SR-12 ~23 miles west of Pomeroy  or ~13 miles north of Dayton, turn south onto Tucannon River Road (it becomes Forest Road 47). Drive for 32 miles to a fork and take the right fork onto Forest Road 4713. In 3 miles turn left into the Panjab Trailhead (2,700 ft).

on the trail

Hike up Panjab Creek Trail, down Rattlesnake Trail, and two miles on Forest Road 4173 to make the loop. This route is full of wildflowers, wildlife, and canyon views. The first 3.5 miles parallel Panjab Creek through lush forest along the canyon floor. The trail then turns away from the creek and climbs up the side of the canyon, until it reaches the Rattlesnake and Mount Misery Trails on top of the ridge and a high meadow at about 5,600 feet. Follow the Rattlesnake Trail steeply down to the Panjab Campground, then walk the Forest Service road two miles back to your vehicle. 

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 13.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,030 ft
  • 5,720 ft
  • Land Manager: Umatilla National Forest
    Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Pomeroy Ranger District (UNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USFS Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness
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