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Hixon Canyon Trail

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.2413, -117.6906 Map & Directions
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,500 feet
Highest Point
5,200 feet
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Meandering through fall color at Hixon Canyon. Photo by The Butcher. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Staying at Camp Wooten State Park or the Tucannon Campground and looking for a quick hike to get your blood pumping? This little trail will fit the bill - if you can follow it Continue reading

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Hiking Hixon Canyon Trail

While this trail is not frequently maintained, it is used enough by elk and deer hunters in the fall to keep the tread, if lightly.

It starts as an old forest road in the Hixon Canyon, ducking in and out of Ponderosa groves as it climbs relatively gently. These stands of trees are survivors of the 2005 School Fire and are bigger than many in the valley.

After about a mile, the road heads up the northern main drainage and peters out. From here the trail gets much steeper, more exposed, and a little more difficult to follow through the grasses. Generally gain the ridge to the south and follow the ridgeline southeast to FR 4022. 

Return the way you came or link up with the Salter Trail (3139) to loop back down to the river about 2 miles south of your starting camp.

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Hixon Canyon Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.2413, -117.6906 Open in Google Maps

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Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

Hixon Canyon Trail (#3117)

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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