The Blue Mountains on Walla Walla’s doorstep provide numerous locations and trails to soak in the sun and scenic beauty of southeastern Washington. Whether you’re looking beginner trails or routes that provide a challenge, Walla Walla has the perfect trail for any occasion.
Here are some of the best local trails and links to more details about the hikes.
There are more than 20 miles of trails at Bennington Lake, whether you want a long perimeter walk, or just a quick out and back for views of the lake. Bennington Lake is a favored spot for hikers, birders, anglers, runners, and lots of local wildlife.
Tollgate is located in the Blue Mountains just a few miles across the border with Oregon. This small town serves a hub for a number of outdoor activities including camping at Jubilee Lake, a variety of snow sports and winter activities, and summer hiking.
Whitman Mission National Historic Site includes the original mission site, a mass grave where Marcus and Narcissa Whitman are buried, the Whitman memorial obelisk, a Visitor Center with a small museum, a small network of paved and unpaved trails to hike around the site. The park is located seven miles west of Walla Walla off of Highway 12.
Fort Walla Walla City Park offers a variety of activities. There is play equipment, horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, 70-acre wildlife preserve with streams and a hiking trail. Remote control car and airplane facilities, BMX track, skateboard park, disc golf course, off leash dog park. Vietnam War Memorial, historic military cemetery and Fort Walla Walla Museum. Restrooms and parking available. Picnic shelter and designated picnic areas available for reservation.
You can also find information on the Washington Trails Association website. WTA’s hiking guide is a comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content from eight guidebooks, user submitted info, and data compiled by WTA.