Best Desert Hikes Washington
by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This was a little gem of a hike. Went with a group of people of all fitness levels. The main trail is 2.9 miles each way. There are two smaller trails that shoot off of it at about the first mile mark. We did not take either of those.
The river snakes in and out of this trail, and its sound accompanies you for pretty much the entire trip. The trail is flat and very well maintained, changing from packed dirt to loose gravel that is almost sand like in its movement. There is no elevation gain to speak of, but there are several opportunities to hike up to higher points.
There are beautiful views of rock faces and great examples of a landscape formed by volcanic activity. Watch the trail rock formations carefully for the face in the stone. We didn't see it until the way back. Pretty neat.
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