Washburn Lake Road

Loomis, Washington

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Although this is a short drive, it will take you into beautiful, rolling sagebrush country. The views of the mountains and deep valleys of Okanogan County are outstanding. Easy, on a gravel-and-dirt road. At the outset, if you look carefully along the base of the mountain, you’ll see the remains of an old wooden irrigation flume once used to water the area’s orchards. The road begins a steady and fairly steep climb immediately upon leaving Loomis-Oroville Road, providing views of rolling, rugged and almost desert-like hills. At mile 2.9 from Loomis-Oroville Road, Washburn Lake Road passes through a stand of large aspens, which blaze with golden hues in late summer or early autumn. By about mile 4 you’ll see small two-tracks branching off the main road. As the signposts indicate, they’ve been closed to motor vehicles since the BLM acquired thousands of acres around Washburn Lake in 1995. Obey the closures. At mile 4.7 the road ends in a parking and camping area just short of the small lake.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Although this is a short drive, it will take you into beautiful, rolling sagebrush country. The views of the mountains and deep valleys of Okanogan County are outstanding. Easy, on a gravel-and-dirt road.

At the outset, if you look carefully along the base of the mountain, you’ll see the remains of an old wooden irrigation flume once used to water the area’s orchards. The road begins a steady and fairly steep climb immediately upon leaving Loomis-Oroville Road, providing views of rolling, rugged and almost desert-like hills. At mile 2.9 from Loomis-Oroville Road, Washburn Lake Road passes through a stand of large aspens, which blaze with golden hues in late summer or early autumn. By about mile 4 you’ll see small two-tracks branching off the main road. As the signposts indicate, they’ve been closed to motor vehicles since the BLM acquired thousands of acres around Washburn Lake in 1995. Obey the closures. At mile 4.7 the road ends in a parking and camping area just short of the small lake.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Loomis
Distance: 9.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Local Contacts: BLM Wenatchee Field Office
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Okanogan National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Washburn Lake Road

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