Rocky Ford–Crab Creek

OutAndBack • 6 mi • 0 ft

Enjoy a great dip in the otherwise flat landscape where yet another upper portion of Crab Creek flows through. You can hike in both directions from the parking area trailhead to get the most out of your visit. Crab Creek is lined with lush growth in places, making it difficult to get down along the water’s edge safely in late spring when the foliage is fully leafed out. This is great wildlife habitat but hiking through is difficult. In places, the creek seems to tunnel beneath a canopy of brush and tree boughs. Fortunately, you can skirt the outer edges of these thickets, enjoying the birds and other critters from the outside looking in. Deer and coyote track often crisscross in soft sand and muddy areas near the creek.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harrington
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: September through March
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Ritzville
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