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Melton Creek Trail

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.1192, -117.5367 Map & Directions
Length
9.7 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
3800 feet
Highest Point
6200 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Views heading up Melton Creek Trail. Photo by RichP.
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Walk through an old burn with views of the Wallowas and the Blue Mountains. Continue reading

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Hiking Melton Creek Trail

Begin at Diamond Spring on the Mount Misery Trail. 1.5 miles from the Diamond Spring Trailhead, Melton Creek Trail takes off to the left. The trail continues for 9.7 miles to its end at the junction with Crooked Creek Trail 3100. The lower sections of Melton Creek has burned and there's very little shade available.

This trail is maintained for foot and horseback traffic only since it is located within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

The first portions of the trail descend steeply from Diamond into Chaparral Basin about 3.5 miles over rocky trail tread. Then it descends more gradually once it starts following along Melton Creek. Enjoy views of the deep canyons of the Blue Mountains as well as the Wallowas in the distance.

You'll likely encounter some wildlife here. Respect their distance and do not harrass them.

Melton Creek Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1192, -117.5367 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Pomeroy, take 15th Street south from State Highway 12. Follow this street out of town and continue for 15 miles to the National Forest boundary. At the forest boundary a cattle guard is crossed and the road will turn to gravel (Forest Road 40).

Continue south on Forest Road 40 for 15 miles to the Misery intersection (there is a sign 50 feet before the intersection). Turn right on Forest Road 4030. Follow Forest Road 4030 for 5 miles to the Diamond Peak Trailhead.

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Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

Melton Creek Trail (#3124)

Umatilla National Forest

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Melton Creek Trail

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