North Fork of the John Day River, as seen from the Blue Mountains Trail. Photo Credit: Renee Patrick
The Blue Mountains Trail is excited to announce the launch of its trail survey designed to collect input from outdoor recreationists and local communities. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and will provide GHCC with valuable feedback that will inform our future trail planning efforts.
Participants in the survey will be entered to win one of numerous prizes including BMT branded merchandise, outdoor equipment, and gift certificates to NE Oregon businesses if the survey is completed before November 15, 2023. Take the survey here.
In addition, a fall event series will introduce trail users and outdoors people of all kinds to plan a trip on the Blue Mountains Trail. These informal, in-person events will take place in Baker City, Joseph, La Grande, Boise, Walla Walla, Bend, and Portland. Details on these sessions will be finalized in the coming weeks. Please check out our Blue Mountains Trail page and our Events page for up to date information on these events!
Blue Mountains Trail Information Sessions:
Baker City | The Trailhead | September 14th @ 6:00pm
Portland | Lucky Lab Brew Pub | October 17th @ 6:00pm
Bend | Mountain Supply | October 24th @ 6:30pm
Joseph | Wallowology | November 3 @ 7:00pm
La Grande | Eastern Oregon University | November 14th @ 6pm
Boise | Idaho Mountain Touring | November 15th @ 6pm
The BMT was designed as a tangible and symbolic connection between human and natural communities. It is an invitation to experience and protect the unparalleled cultural, historical, and environmental assets of Northeast Oregon.
The Blue Mountains Trail passes through the ancestral lands of the Nez Perce, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Honoring this cultural history is a priority for GHCC.
Visitors to the 530-mile long Blue Mountains Trail will have the opportunity to traverse the Wallowas, Elkhorns, Greenhorns, and Strawberry Mountains in an immersive adventure through the diverse interconnected eco-regions that comprise the Greater Hells Canyon Region.
Logistical resources are available from GHCC to plan short day hikes, exhilarating overnight backpacking adventures, or even a full end-to-end thru-hike from John Day to Joseph. Find additional information here.
“An important piece of our work has been to foster a sense of community ownership in the trail,” said Blue Mountains Trail Coordinator Pip Redding. “This survey will help us facilitate the development of the BMT as a trail that embodies the values of recreators, residents, and our organization.”
Please take the trail survey and make plans to attend a fall event near you. We look forward to your feedback!