Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Mount Misery Loop
WTA is a nonprofit that needs you

We're just as excited as you to get the summer hiking season started. We're psyched our website, app and work for trails help you get outside.

But we're a nonprofit that runs on donations from regular people. If everyone who visited this site this holiday weekend donated $9/month, it would fully fund our work for the next 2 years. Time spent outdoors is priceless, but every donation large or small helps us support those experiences for everyone. Thank you and happy hiking!

Please take 2 minS to chip in $9


Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.1192, -117.5367 Map & Directions
48.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4,000 feet
Highest Point
6,387 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Mount Misery Loop. Photo by trip reporter austineats. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Saved to My Backpack

From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views. Continue reading

0.00 out of 5

(0 votes) Log in to rate

Hiking Mount Misery Loop

From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views.

Start from the Diamond Peak trailhead outside Pomeroy, where it’s a scant mile to the Mount Misery Trail intersection. Consider the optional side trip to 6,379-foot Diamond Peak before dropping down the Melton Creek Trail. Melton Creek eventually joins the Crooked Creek Trail, crossing into Oregon and losing more than 3,000 feet of elevation during its descent to the Wenaha Wild and Scenic River.

Follow the river upstream for 3 miles to its intersection with the Weller Butte–Smooth Ridge Trail, then begin the arduous climb to regain all the lost elevation. The trail ascends more than 16 miles through desert terrain, old-growth forest, wildflower meadow and open grassland. Giant western larches, ponderosa pines and western junipers adorn the route—and don’t forget to keep an eye out for deer, bighorn sheep, elk, bears and cougars.

Don’t miss the side hike to the fire lookout at Oregon Butte when Smooth Ridge rejoins the Mount Misery Trail, where on a clear day one can see the Cascades to the west and Oregon’s Wallowas to the south.

Complete the loop by following the Mount Misery Trail back to Diamond Peak. The views along the route are fantastic, so there’s no reason to be miserable except that each step brings you closer to the end of the trek. Note the location of springs on the map as water is hard to find, especially on Smooth Ridge and Mount Misery.

WTA Pro Tip: The loop is best done in early summer, when wildflowers are at their peak and seasonal springs still hold water. In fall wear blaze orange, as hunters may outnumber hikers.

WTA worked here in 2019!

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Mount Misery Loop

Map & Directions

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

Before You Go

See weather forecast

Parking Pass/Entry Fee


WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Pomeroy, turn right on 15th St, which becomes Peola Road and then Mountain Road. Continue 15 miles to pavement’s end, where it becomes FR 40. At 7.7 miles, turn right on FR 4030 to the trailhead at 4.5 miles.

More Hike Details


Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps


You can improve or add to this guidebook entry!

Mount Misery Loop

3 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
Trip Reports