This trail is open to foot and horse traffic only since it is located within the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness. The trail follows Buck Creek for 3.5 miles, crossing the creek numerous times (30) as it winds through the forest. Users should use caution on creek crossing during the spring run off periods.
The trail is easy going as it climbs only 800' to where it merges with Lake Creek Trail #3079. Lake Creek Trail continues approx. 2 more miles up the Lake Creek drainage before leaving the wilderness area. Once the trail has left the wilderness area, it continues for another 2 miles until it reaches Forest Service Road #3150. This portion of the trail goes through clearcuts and burned areas. Potable water and vault toilets are available at the Umatilla Forks day use area.
Directions: From Pendleton, Travel 33 miles east of Pendleton on the Umatilla River Road, approx. 11 miles east of Gibbon, continue past the Bar-M Ranch to Corporation Guard Station until you reach the Umatilla Forks day use area: go across the bridge past the campground and take the first left onto Forest Service Road #3200-045 which leads to the Buck Creek Kiwanis Organization Camp. The trailhead is located at the end of the road. There is limited parking at this trailhead. No room for horse trailers--use the Corporation Trailhead.
Elevation: 2,400 feet
Ending Elevation: 3,200 feet
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Distance: 3.5 miles
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