Old Wagon Road Trail

Grand Coulee, Washington

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Like the adjacent Northrup Canyon trek, this trail leads through a portion of the old wild forest in Grant County, a mixed forest of pine and fir that provides shelter each winter to a large population of bald eagles. Because the big, majestic eagles roost here throughout the winter, the trail— which climbs to the canyon rim, putting you at eye level with some of the prime roosting trees—is closed from November to March each year to ensure the eagles aren’t disturbed during the hard winter months. Come spring, though, the trail opens up and plenty of birds are still around for you to see (and hear). The old settlers’ road leads to the canyon rim with views down onto scenic Northrup Canyon and out over the Banks Lake basin. As the name suggests, from the trailhead the hiking route follows an old wagon road. This old road was an important link in the regional road system a century ago. Now the rutted track offers a nice hike as it climbs up the south side of Northrup Canyon before leveling out above.

Old Wagon Road Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Like the adjacent Northrup Canyon trek, this trail leads through a portion of the old wild forest in Grant County, a mixed forest of pine and fir that provides shelter each winter to a large population of bald eagles. Because the big, majestic eagles roost here throughout the winter, the trail— which climbs to the canyon rim, putting you at eye level with some of the prime roosting trees—is closed from November to March each year to ensure the eagles aren’t disturbed during the hard winter months.

Come spring, though, the trail opens up and plenty of birds are still around for you to see (and hear). The old settlers’ road leads to the canyon rim with views down onto scenic Northrup Canyon and out over the Banks Lake basin.

As the name suggests, from the trailhead the hiking route follows an old wagon road. This old road was an important link in the regional road system a century ago. Now the rutted track offers a nice hike as it climbs up the south side of Northrup Canyon before leveling out above."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Coulee
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,750 feet
Top Elevation: 2,300 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Wagon Road Trail

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May 2018