Juniper Dunes Loop

Pasco, Washington

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This wilderness is not likely to be a destination for masses of nature lovers. It has no towering peaks, trout-stuffed streams, or gin-clear lakes. Rather it is a small, parched nugget of unheralded nature naked to the dry winds that have shaped its character. The Juniper Dunes Wilderness includes six groves of the largest concentration of western juniper trees in the state. But this is desert country. No fires are allowed and no drinking water is available. Perhaps most people would prefer to see it as a day hike, especially in early morning and late evening when wildlife is active. But by hauling in water for a small, clean camp, you can comfortably enjoy the peacefulness of this 7,140-acre sanctuary after the engine noise has left the edge of the wilderness, where off-road vehicles are allowed. All visits, however, are contingent on access restrictions that have a history of changing, depending on the experiences landowners have been having with visitors. Spring is the best season to visit this desert area, but it’s vital that hikers check with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Spokane to check the access status, and whether overnight parking is allowed.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

This wilderness is not likely to be a destination for masses of nature lovers. It has no towering peaks, trout-stuffed streams, or gin-clear lakes. Rather it is a small, parched nugget of unheralded nature naked to the dry winds that have shaped its character. The Juniper Dunes Wilderness includes six groves of the largest concentration of western juniper trees in the state. But this is desert country. No fires are allowed and no drinking water is available.

Perhaps most people would prefer to see it as a day hike, especially in early morning and late evening when wildlife is active. But by hauling in water for a small, clean camp, you can comfortably enjoy the peacefulness of this 7,140-acre sanctuary after the engine noise has left the edge of the wilderness, where off-road vehicles are allowed. All visits, however, are contingent on access restrictions that have a history of changing, depending on the experiences landowners have been having with visitors. Spring is the best season to visit this desert area, but it’s vital that hikers check with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Spokane to check the access status, and whether overnight parking is allowed.

©  Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pasco
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 860 feet
Top Elevation: 930 feet
Local Contacts: Juniper Dunes Wilderness; BLM, Spokane District
Local Maps: USGS Rye Grass Coulee, Levy SW, Levy SE, and Levy NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Dunes Loop

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Apr 2018