Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Wallowa County, OR, United States
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***This trip is now full! Please contact Holly to be added to the wait-list if you are interested in this backpack trip.***
The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness is located within the Umatilla National Forest in southeast Washington/northeast Oregon. For this backpack trip, participants can plan to carcamp at the trailhead the night before or meet us there Saturday morning (meet time to be arranged), when we'll backpack in a little over four miles (with roughly 2,000' elevation gain) to a campsite at the intersection of the Panjab and Mount Misery Trail. The wildflowers should be at their peak! We'll set up our camp and can choose to either relax in camp or explore the surrounding area. On Sunday we can take day-packs to explore from our base camp, with options including hiking to the upper reaches of the Rattlesnake Trail, exploring the Mount Misery Trail toward Diamond Peak, or exploring the Mount Misery Trail toward Oregon Butte. The Wenaha is known for its open ridges, fantastic views, spring wildflowers, huge trees, and high potential for wildlife sightings (especially elk!). If you like wild mushrooms, look up good backpacking recipes for morels ahead of this trip, as we're almost certain to find them, especially in the areas affected by the 2015 wildfires. On Monday we will hike out and return home (with an optional lunch/early dinner stop along the way). This trip is organized in conjunction with Backpack School. General membership signups will open after the first week of class if space is available, with preference given to assistant instructors with the school who are willing to help as co-leaders. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the Panjab trailhead.