This hike takes place in the Umatilla National Forest on Ridge Rim Trail deep in the Blue Mountains. The hike provides spectacular views of the forested canyons of the Umatilla River in their fall colors. Initially, the trail traverses on a level path through meadows overlooking the canyon of Lake Creek.
Looking across the canyon we may hear elk bugling or see a Black Bear with cub foraging on the mountainside. It is common to see Pileated Woodpeckers and Red Breasted Nuthatches in the forest bordering the meadows. We will descend on Nine Mile Ridge Trail into the old growth forest in the North Fork of the Umatilla Wilderness Area. Finding a comfortable overlook, we will stop for lunch and discuss our surroundings and identify future hiking possibilities.
All of the animals of the wilderness - bears, wolf, cougars, elk, deer, coyotes and mountain birds are present here. Luck and our mindful powers of observation will determine what we see. The Western Larch will be turning gold on the mountainsides and fall mushrooms will be hiding in the forest. This is a wonderful hike to experience the beauty and wildness of the Blue Mountains.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Wenzel Nursery.