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Grouse Mountain Trail #3081

Easy/Intermediate

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1.9 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 292' 89 m
Descent: -356' -108 m
High: 4,184' 1,275 m
Low: 3,874' 1,181 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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A ridgeline trail overlooking the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness.

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Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Snow will frequently block access from November to mid-May.

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No restroom at trailhead.

Description

Access to the trailhead is easy in any vehicle. Heading east on the Weston-Elgin Hwy 204, turn onto McDougal Camp Road just past milepost 14. The road become Forest Service #3715. Drive on a good graveled road for about three miles to the end. The ZigZag Spring trailhead is not well marked.

The first portion of the trail is officially Lick Creek Trail USFS # 3070. The trail heads west through a short forested section where the trail diverges with Lick Creek heading down canyon to the Umatilla River. There is a spring about 100 yards from the trailhead which is a good source of water. The trail opens up to the ridge line and can be rocky in places. Note that the last 1 mile of the trail is in poor shape and you may need to search for it. The views at the end of the trail will make the effort worth it.

This is particularly beautiful in the spring (May/June).

Flora & Fauna

Spectacular spring wildflowers. A field of Avalanche Lillies can be seen right after the snow leaves the slopes in May.

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Looking east with trail in view
Sep 27, 2018 near Athena, OR
View of trail on ridge line. Note small snow patch in mid-May.
Sep 27, 2018 near Athena, OR
View to the SW into the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness
Sep 26, 2018 near Athena, OR
Fall on the trail
Oct 11, 2018 near Athena, OR
Looking east from near the end of the trail and into Lick Creek canyon.
Oct 11, 2018 near Athena, OR
Newly cleared trail section.
Jun 30, 2019 near Athena, OR

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