Juniper Dunes

Pasco, Washington

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This easy round-trip springtime day hike will lead you through one of eastern Washington’s most intriguing landscapes and wilderness areas, past stands of juniper and over impressive sand dunes. Sand dunes aren’t unheard of in eastern Washington, as they commonly form along the banks of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. But nowhere else are they as abundant as in the Juniper Dunes, where nearly 10 square miles of sand dunes and groves of western juniper are protected as wilderness under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This is the only wilderness area in the entire Columbia Basin and a fascinating insight into this remote, arid part of Washington. The trailhead, the only access point to the wilderness, lies on the property of the Juniper Dunes Ranch, only 100 yards from the wilderness boundary.The owner graciously allows day hiking from March through May only, due to high summer fire danger, and no overnight parking is permitted.
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by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

This easy round-trip springtime day hike will lead you through one of eastern Washington’s most intriguing landscapes and wilderness areas, past stands of juniper and over impressive sand dunes.

Sand dunes aren’t unheard of in eastern Washington, as they commonly form along the banks of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. But nowhere else are they as abundant as in the Juniper Dunes, where nearly 10 square miles of sand dunes and groves of western juniper are protected as wilderness under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This is the only wilderness area in the entire Columbia Basin and a fascinating insight into this remote, arid part of Washington. The trailhead, the only access point to the wilderness, lies on the property of the Juniper Dunes Ranch, only 100 yards from the wilderness boundary.The owner graciously allows day hiking from March through May only, due to high summer fire danger, and no overnight parking is permitted.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pasco
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: March through May
Local Contacts: BLM, Spokane District Office
Local Maps: USGS Levey Northeast
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Dunes

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Apr 2018