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Grouse Mountain/Lick Creek Trails

  • Walla Walla Rangers District Office 1415 West Rose Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)


Grouse Mountain and Lick Creek Trails are two linked trails within the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness.  The share a common trailhead at Zig Zag Springs.  The trailhead is approximately 45 minutes from Walla Walla. The trails are generally accessible from May to November.  The Grouse Mountain trail follows the ridge line for about 2.0 miles.  The trail needs moderate brush removal and considerable trail slope recovery effort.  The Lick Creek trail after about 0.5 miles descends 2,000’ over 3.0 miles to the Umatilla River at Corporation.  The Blues Crew has worked four days on these trails this year.  Work will primarily include:

·     Tread repair

·     Possible construction of a new 150’ trail section bypassing a steep area

·     Sign placement

Trails: Grouse Mountain #3081

 Lick Creek #3070

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What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.


For morning information about the trail visit the Hiking Project page.

Exertion Level:                      



8:00 am – Meet at USFS parking lot on Rose Street in Walla Walla

8:15 am – Depart for Zig Zag Springs Trailhead

9:00 am – Arrive Trailhead.  Orientation and safety briefing

Noon – Bring your own lunch

3 pm – Work complete.  Discussion and beverages at trailhead.  Return to Walla Walla.

Planning Information

Get ready adventure!

Blues Crew Leads       Linda Herbert & Barbara Hetrick

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! USFS provides the training and tools you need

  • Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain

  • Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

What to Wear

  • Boots - no sneakers or sandals

  • Long pants

  • Leather gloves

  • Long-sleeved shirt

  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

  •  Ticks can be present:  DEET for self, permethrin for clothes

A hard hat will be provided by BMLT. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

What to Bring

  • Lunch and plenty of water

  • Rain jacket and pants

  • Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather

  • A pack to carry your personal gear

  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

  • "Leave No Trace":   Please come prepared to pack out your toilet paper in a sealed plastic bag

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

Pets are not to accompany volunteers on a Blues Crew work party due to work safety concerns

Blues Crew Supplied Gear             

Earlier Event: June 15
Botanical Painting
Later Event: June 22
Grouse Mountain/Lick Creek Trails