Fishtrap Lake–North

Cheney, Washington

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The Fishtrap area is part of the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. The deep coulees and canyons were carved by the Great Missoula Floods following the last Ice Age tens of thousands of years ago. The combination of rich desert prairies and lakes have provided a plethora of resources for Native Americans over the last several thousand years. Native tribes utilized the plants and animals of this area for food, medicine, and building materials. Today, the Bureau of Land Management works with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage the area for wildlife habitat, as well as for recreational opportunities. Rattlesnakes abound throughout this area so consider hiking here early in spring (March and April) before the snakes come out of their winter dens.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

The Fishtrap area is part of the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. The deep coulees and canyons were carved by the Great Missoula Floods following the last Ice Age tens of thousands of years ago. The combination of rich desert prairies and lakes have provided a plethora of resources for Native Americans over the last several thousand years.

Native tribes utilized the plants and animals of this area for food, medicine, and building materials. Today, the Bureau of Land Management works with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage the area for wildlife habitat, as well as for recreational opportunities. Rattlesnakes abound throughout this area so consider hiking here early in spring (March and April) before the snakes come out of their winter dens.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cheney
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: April through July or September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia
Driving Directions: Directions to Fishtrap Lake–North

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May 2018