Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area

Richland, Washington

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Upland birds love this sprawling desert prairie. The ground-hugging birds sprint among the tufts of plants. They take refuge, and find dinner, in such glorious wildflowers as balsamroot, large-headed clover, wild onion, and canyon-bottom communities of beautiful orange globe mallow. Of course, where upland birds (pheasants, quail, and partridge) are found, coyotes are sure to be present. Tracks and scat can be found all over the place, as well as holes freshly dug by rodents as “safe houses,” some of which have been enlarged by coyotes breaking into those sanctuaries. You might also find badger burrows in the hillsides of the small side canyons.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Upland birds love this sprawling desert prairie. The ground-hugging birds sprint among the tufts of plants. They take refuge, and find dinner, in such glorious wildflowers as balsamroot, large-headed clover, wild onion, and canyon-bottom communities of beautiful orange globe mallow.

Of course, where upland birds (pheasants, quail, and partridge) are found, coyotes are sure to be present. Tracks and scat can be found all over the place, as well as holes freshly dug by rodents as “safe houses,” some of which have been enlarged by coyotes breaking into those sanctuaries. You might also find badger burrows in the hillsides of the small side canyons.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Richland
Length: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Richland
Topo Map: Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Desert Hikes Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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2/11/2018

Very quiet trail up one of the lower canyons. Trail come to a dirt-road T at 2.5 miles. Not a difficult hike and each time I come I maybe see one other hiker. Looks like via satellite that taking a right on the road will get you to another trail (left off road) that leads closer to Rattlesnake Mountain.

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