Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Blue Mountains

Kendall Skyline Road

Columbia County, Washington

Umatilla National Forest

Fees: none

Activity: drive + walks/hikes

Elevation: 3000'-5732'

Current status (as of 5/25/24): blooming

Notes: The Blue Mountains of Washington are separated by the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and Tucannon River Canyon into two parts that you cannot drive directly between. Kendall Skyline Road traverses the western half, and the road past Anatone Butte covers the east side.

At the intersection of Forest Roads 46 and 64, you can head back north toward U.S. Highway 12, or you can turn south and continue into Oregon on a very rough road, eventually connecting with Highway 204 at Langdon Lake/Tollgate.

Peak wildflower bloom along Kendall Skyline Road is typically from late May through June into late July, but there may be some flowers blooming from early May until early August.*

Typical year:

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.