Northrup Canyon

Grand Coulee, Washington

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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.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

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.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Coulee
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: January through May
Trailhead Elevation: 1,750 feet
Top Elevation: 2,134 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Northrup Canyon

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May 2018