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Three Forks

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.0213, -117.5448 Map & Directions
Length
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3100 feet
Highest Point
4700 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Early season hiking on Three Forks Trail. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

This trail has spectacular views into the high country and is well worth the effort it takes to get to the top. Continue reading

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Hiking Three Forks

This trail has spectacular views into the high country and is well worth the effort it takes to get to the top.

This 3.3 mile trail provides access to the Crooked Creek Canyon. The trail descends 1700 feet in 3 miles, but it is well graded with many switchbacks.

Three Forks Trail is one of the first trails that opens in the spring, so it makes a great early season destination. Because of its low elevation and southern slopes, the trail dries out quickly and becomes very dusty, but Crooked Creek at the bottom of the trail awaits to cool down travelers.

The view of the Crooked Creek Canyon and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness is breathtaking.

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Three Forks

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.0213, -117.5448 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

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, take 15th St, which turns into Peola Road south for about 8 miles. Then at the T intersection, continue on Mountain Road 40 for another 7 miles and pass into the National Forest land. Continue on Forest Road 40 for 35 miles. Take first main right coming down off the mountain, Forest Service Road 4039. Follow road to Three Forks Trailhead. Note that the Forest Service does not recommend this route for vehicles pulling trailers.

The access roads for Three Forks Trail are graveled.

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

Three Forks Trail (#3133)

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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