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.
You drive through the desert foothills, and then, BAM, you're in the center of a pretty amazing canyon. Once you're parked, you can see the falls right away, and they are pretty impressive. There are a number of lookouts that you can use in lieu of taking the hike.
As for the hike itself? I'd rate it as pretty easy. The description says that it's 3 miles round trip, but I'd put it closer to two. There are a number of ways to get down to the falls, some MUCH hairier than others. There is a bunch of loose rock at the beginning, and the trail itself is pretty narrow in other places.
At the falls are a set of beautiful spires and a great view of the entire canyon.
There are only a couple of places where my heart rate spiked, and in all, this was a great little hike to start the season off with.
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