Best Desert Hikes Washington  by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson

Best Desert Hikes Washington Guide Book

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Desert Hikes Washington  by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson
·Prime hiking for fall, winter, and spring ·Organized by quick access from Spokane, the TriCities, Yakima-Ellensburg, and Wenatchee-Chelan ·100 hikes, from short half-day trips (1-5 miles) to overnighters It's desert, yes- but not the Lawrence of Arabia kind. This landscape of sagebrush and rimrock canyons in central and eastern Washington is uniquely beautiful and rich in plant and animal life. It offers mild temperatures in fall, prime wildlife viewing in winter, and an explosion of wildflowers in spring. Some of these hikes follow designated trails; others guide you along the contours of the land fro a more individual experience.

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Trails from the "Best Desert Hikes Washington" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 100.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 100.

This route through part of the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area offers something you seldom find in the desert: a waterfall. But not just any waterfall; here you’ll find a waterfall plunging into a lak ...
Vantage, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
This really is a transition zone where pines and even some fir trees cover the more protected north slopes. South slopes are a different story, however, and here you will find bare rocky talus slopes ...
Naches, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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The Beezley Hills Preserve is an area of 4788 acres north of Quincy that is protected by The Nature Conservancy, which started buying up the land in 1998. From this high vantage point, hikers can peer ...
Wenatchee, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The sprawling public land preserve of the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area offers some of Washington’s best extended desert hiking. This route allows you to enjoy a mild day hike or a gentle backpacking ...
Ellensburg, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
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This area was trammeled after the construction of the Ice Harbor Dam, but since 1997 the heart of this remote wildlife area has been restored to native health. The Corps of Engineers has hosted revege ...
Pasco, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
Billy Clapp Lake, more than 3 miles long, is a stunning body of water behind a shallow earthen dam. The lake is fed by waters coming down the main canal from Banks Lake, which gets its water from the ...
Coulee City, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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This canyon is stunning! It offers black basalt talus slopes below steep cliffs, hillsides of brilliant wildflowers, and an array of birds. That’s right: Bird lovers, take note. This is an avian parad ...
Ellensburg, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
Winter, while frequently bitterly cold here, offers unique hiking opportunities. Dress warmly and you’ll enjoy exploring the snow-dappled sagelands. This area serves as a winter stopping area for trum ...
Odessa, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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Boyer Park, nestled along the banks of the Snake River, offers great hiking in the transition zone between the river and the sageland country above. The established trail provides a great outing in an ...
Pullman, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
With a collection of lakes, lots of vegetation, and a location nestled in the desert smack dab in the middle of the great Pacific Flyway (the route use by migratory waterfowl), it’s not hard to guess ...
Ritzville, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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Catherine Creek is an area of unique natural beauty and is of great botanical significance. Over ninety species of wildflowers can be found in the area, from grass widow, which blankets the ground as ...
Goldendale, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
The Chamna Natural Preserve is a new parkland near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers and offers hiking through a multitude of habitats ranging from grasslands to riparian wooded areas. ...
Kennewick, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This area was one of the most recent additions to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s inventory of protected wildlife habitat lands. It is also one of the most important pieces of protect ...
Chelan, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
The wildlife viewing throughout the Grande Ronde country is stunning. At times, wild turkeys can be seen flying (a rarity!) from one side of the canyon to the other, and they always seem to be roaming ...
Anatone, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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This corner of the state is a very wild land and makes you feel very small in God’s creation. This is one of the most remote parts of Washington, with a small human population in the immediate area bu ...
Anatone, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
The channeled scablands region west of the lakes fills the scenic views here, creating a wonderful mosaic, especially in the twilight hours. The low angle of light casts the textured landscape into st ...
Moses Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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Cleman Mountain stretches west to east above the Naches River Valley to the south and the Wenas Valley to the north. The mountain offers an endless array of hiking opportunities, and hikers can create ...
Naches, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
This natural preserve managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is a huge 6000-acre area along the top portion of the long rolling hills and ridges known as the Columbia Hi ...
Goldendale, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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This 23-mile scenic corridor currently passes through the heart of the wildlife-rich Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The route offers opportunities to see interpretive panels, numerous wildlife spe ...
Cheney, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 23
A group of dedicated volunteers with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy worked for years to develop this trail—or, rather, to un-develop this trail—because this old railroad right-of-way is now a path thr ...
Yakima, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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