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Wenaha River beckons backpackers

Backpackers trek out of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wildernes above the Wenaha River toward Troy, Oreg. (Rich Landers)
Backpackers trek out of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wildernes above the Wenaha River toward Troy, Oreg. (Rich Landers)

HIKING — This photo is just a glimpse of the scenic value I enjoyed this weekend with other backpackers as we hiked up the Wenaha River from Troy, Oregon.

The Wenaha is a major trib to the Grande Ronde, a former steelhead and salmon fishing ground for Chief Joseph, and namesake for the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. 

You have to hike in roughly six miles just to reach the wilderness boundary.

It's a sweet early-season trek, opening to backpackers sometime in March.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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