Northrup Canyon

Coulee City, Washington 99115

Northrup Canyon

Northrup Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This little niche of Steamboat Rock State Park is largely overlooked by the fishing and boating crowds at the main campground and recreation area on Banks Lake. But nature has flourished here for years.

This day-hiking jewel is a key bald eagle wintering area and a sanctuary for everything from deer and more than 65 bird species to bats, amphibians, and rattlesnakes. Northrup Creek is the only year-round stream flowing into Banks Lake, a reservoir created in the 1950s by the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. But even this stream can disappear in drought years. Northrup Lake at the end of the trail is occasionally stocked with rainbow trout."

Northrup Canyon Reviews

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I went on this hike Sunday 5/18. It was not overly hot yet in eastern washington. It was in the Mid 80's and pleasant. Wild flowers where in bloom, lots of hawks, and eagles flying in the Valley. Great hike for Birders. Actually hiked past a large group of birders who went only as far as the Farm house. Be watchfull for rattle snakes, I came across two near the entrance to the old barn to the Right of the Farm House and my Hiking buddy came across one in the middle of the trail that was a bit aggitated! The lake was small at the end but it's clean and was fun for nice swim. I believe it was freshley stocked with fish and saw many jumping.
We have hiked this area several times including the entire top rim perimeter. We have always found it to be scenic, photogenic fascinating, and to include some wild life. Our last hike was during the winter spring thaw and the stream was running down most of the road, which just added to the adventure. The field and road by the House were also under water. We took the right or south canyon fork and followed the stream to a large seaonal waterfall approximately 100 feet high and roaring. Circumventing the falls to the left, we continued up the canyon to one of our favorite geocaches. We also explored a few small caves created under huge ballsalt boulders when they fell and some granite areas scoured out in older stream beds. In the meadow below the geocache, 28 turkeys were struting their stuff. In the fall we did this trip coming in from the top by the stone barn on the Grand Coulee - Hartline Road. It rained the whole day, we had paunchos and packs, and the grand kids said it was the best adventure ever. We hiked into the lake from where the jeep road crossed the creek, down to the house, than up the creek and back to the jeep. We probably saw a dozen deer and several turkeys and eagles. I never thought of hiking in the rain as fun before, but it did add a special element to the hike, and I think it also allowed us to see more deer than usual.
The canyon walls are very beautiful although the "lake" you arrive at is small. We came across a porcupine, so if you are hiking with your dogs, make sure they are on a leash. This hike would probably be best in late spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.

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Trail Information

Coulee City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
March through November
1,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,310 feet
Top Elevation
Steamboat Rock State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Steamboat Rock SE, Electric City
Local Maps

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Jul 2018