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Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.1890, -117.6194 Map & Directions
Length
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2700 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Spend a night or two backpacking and try to spot a herd of local elk on the Tucannon River – Rattlesnake Loop. Photo by GrizzSquattingInTheWoods. Full-size image
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage

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Northwest Forest Pass

This backpack loop starts low where water and trees abound, then climbs high to take in the views on the Mount Misery trail's open ridges. An easy one- or two- night backpack trip, give some thought to campsite locations to take advantage of the few springs that are available in the high country. Continue reading

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Hiking Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

This backpack loop starts low where water and trees abound, then climbs high to take in the views on the Mount Misery trail's open ridges.

An easy one- or two- night backpack trip, give some thought to campsite locations to take advantage of the few springs that are available in the high country.

Though finding water may take a little work, finding the flora and fauna is easy. In the spring, watch for rare sulphur lupine alongside its purple relative, along with columbine and hillsides covered in buckwheat.

Hike at dawn and dusk for the best chance of spotting the resident elk herds.

WTA Pro-Tip: Leave a bike or a shuttle vehicle at the Panjab Creek campground (not to be confused with the Panjab trailhead) to avoid the necessary road walk to complete the circuit on this backpack trip.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1890, -117.6194 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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 US Hwy. 12 west of Pomeroy, turn south on Tatman Mountain-Linville Gulch Road. At 9 miles, turn south on the Tucannon River Road. Continue just over 13 miles, bearing left on FR 4712 near Panjab Creek (the exit point for this loop; see pro-tip below). The trailhead is located at road's end, approximately 5 miles from the intersection.

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Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Wenaha-Tuchannon wilderness map

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Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

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