Rocky Ford–Crab Creek

Harrington, Washington

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Enjoy a great dip in the otherwise flat landscape where yet another upper portion of Crab Creek flows through. You can hike in both directions from the parking area trailhead to get the most out of your visit. Crab Creek is lined with lush growth in places, making it difficult to get down along the water’s edge safely in late spring when the foliage is fully leafed out. This is great wildlife habitat but hiking through is difficult. In places, the creek seems to tunnel beneath a canopy of brush and tree boughs. Fortunately, you can skirt the outer edges of these thickets, enjoying the birds and other critters from the outside looking in. Deer and coyote track often crisscross in soft sand and muddy areas near the creek.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

Enjoy a great dip in the otherwise flat landscape where yet another upper portion of Crab Creek flows through. You can hike in both directions from the parking area trailhead to get the most out of your visit. Crab Creek is lined with lush growth in places, making it difficult to get down along the water’s edge safely in late spring when the foliage is fully leafed out.

This is great wildlife habitat but hiking through is difficult. In places, the creek seems to tunnel beneath a canopy of brush and tree boughs. Fortunately, you can skirt the outer edges of these thickets, enjoying the birds and other critters from the outside looking in. Deer and coyote track often crisscross in soft sand and muddy areas near the creek.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harrington
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: September through March
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Ritzville
Topo Map: Rocky Ford–Crab Creek Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Desert Hikes Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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