Columbia Plateau–Amber Lake

Cheney, Washington

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This 23-mile scenic corridor currently passes through the heart of the wildlife-rich Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The route offers opportunities to see interpretive panels, numerous wildlife species, and associated scenic landscapes. Trail signage indicates key features along the trail, as well as mile markers with numbers referencing the distance from Portland, Oregon, as established by the Spokane–Portland–Seattle Railroad in the early 1900s. The old railroad right-of-way slices through the heart of one of the richest wildlife areas in Washington. From the trailhead, amble to the south and enjoy the desert scenery on both sides of the trail.

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"This 23-mile scenic corridor currently passes through the heart of the wildlife-rich Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The route offers opportunities to see interpretive panels, numerous wildlife species, and associated scenic landscapes.

Trail signage indicates key features along the trail, as well as mile markers with numbers referencing the distance from Portland, Oregon, as established by the Spokane–Portland–Seattle Railroad in the early 1900s. The old railroad right-of-way slices through the heart of one of the richest wildlife areas in Washington. From the trailhead, amble to the south and enjoy the desert scenery on both sides of the trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cheney
Distance: 23
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbia Plateau–Amber Lake

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May 2018