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    Northrup Canyon

    Electric City, Washington

    Northrup Canyon

    Northrup Canyon Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "The only natural forest in Grant County grows between the vertical walls of Northrup Canyon in Steamboat Rock State Park. The hike through the canyon is as rich in human history as it is in natural history.

    Remains of the Northrup family’s homestead and other human artifacts are hidden in nooks between the 200-foot-tall walls. As the canyon narrows and begins to climb toward Northrup Lake, the trail is characterized by views of rugged granite and towering basalt."

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    Veradale, WA
    Pathfinder | 91 pts
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    7/3/2009
    To be fair, we hiked this in 90 degree heat, and the entire hike (minus a few blessed shady spots) was out in the open. The first section is on a wide gravel road and is fairly flat. We passed under a brief grouping of trees and even though we were covered in bug spray we were attacked by a ton of mosquitoes. Once you reached the abandoned cabins, you turn left and hike around one of the building to continue on a different section of narrower trail. There were lots of ups and downs, and twisting around boulders. We encountered the hill that I now refer to as my nemesis. It felt like it would never end, and it was very, very steep. At the top I found a shady spot and rested, while my husband continued to the lake. He said I didn't miss much. The way back was even hotter, and we were tired. Right at the end of the trail, there was a short uphill climb, in sand! This was an ok trail, but definitely only attempt in cool weather.
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    Bellevue, WA
    Pathfinder | 150 pts
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    5/18/2008
    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.

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    Grand Coulee, Wa, WA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    3/6/2007
    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.
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    Liberty Park, WA
    Adventurer | 280 pts
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    11/25/2006
    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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    brewster, WA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    4/7/2006
    The trail through Northrup Canyon and up to Northrup Lake was a good hike with which to start our hiking season. The first half of the trail, a wide, rutted in places, road, for all practical purposes, was easy to travel. As advertised, the columnar basalt and the exposed granite walls hemmed us in on both sides. As we approached the boarded up home at the end of the first half of the hike, the trail/road was so muddy we walked up on the side of the trail along the creek. The second half of the trail was more difficult than I expected. The trail is narrow, winding through boulders and fallen trees and at times is quite steep. My son (6) and daughter (8) made it, but not without some complaining. It was not an "easy" hike for them though they enjoyed it. Northrup Lake is small but worth it. Eating lunch meant sitting on rocks and in the grass, but dirty backsides notwithstanding, we saw a great small lake. It's not wilderness but it's pretty much what we thought it would be.

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    Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
    Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson
    "Bald eagles, icons of the mossy forests and deep rivers of the Pacific Coast, flock to this desert canyon each winter, and their presence is reason to visit in winter. Up to 200 of the big birds roost in the trees along the south side of the canyon each night—get to the trailhead early to see the squadrons of eagles flying out of the canyon as they head to the fishing areas of Banks Lake. Even without the baldies, the area offers a great experience with nature. While the eagles focus on fish, the local populations of red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks hunt inland for upland birds, rodents, and small mammals." Read more
    Day Hiking Eastern Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
    Rich Landers
    "Added to Steamboat Rock State Park in the 1970s, Northrup Canyon contains a small lake, a reliably flowing stream, and one of the few forested areas within the Columbia Plateau. Perhaps the canyon’s most notable feature is that it’s one of the most important roosts in Eastern Washington for wintering bald eagles. From late fall to early spring, up to two hundred of them spend the night in the canyon’s tall pines and firs after fishing in the nearby Columbia River and Banks Lake." Read more
    Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides)
    Oliver Lazenby
    "The only natural forest in Grant County grows between the vertical walls of Northrup Canyon in Steamboat Rock State Park. The hike through the canyon is as rich in human history as it is in natural history. Remains of the Northrup family’s homestead and other human artifacts are hidden in nooks between the 200-foot-tall walls. As the canyon narrows and begins to climb toward Northrup Lake, the trail is characterized by views of rugged granite and towering basalt." Read more

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    Dog-friendly
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    6.6
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    4 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    Mountain Biking
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    Steamboat Rock State Park, PO Box 730, Electric City 99123; (509) 6331304; stateparks.com/steamboat_rock.html
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