Steamboat Rock

Grand Coulee, Washington

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Steamboat Rock is a massive “island” of a rock mountain floating on the shore of Banks Lake. The durable rock was left behind through all of the Great Missoula Floods and was later nearly surrounded by the waters diverted by the Grand Coulee Dam. The top of the rock is a broad, flat plateau offering stunning views across the scablands of coulee country. From the parking area, the trail tracks across the lower slope of the rocky butte. Wildflowers abound along the lower foot of the butte: arrowleaf balsamroot and prairie star flowers are particularly prominent.

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"Steamboat Rock is a massive “island” of a rock mountain floating on the shore of Banks Lake. The durable rock was left behind through all of the Great Missoula Floods and was later nearly surrounded by the waters diverted by the Grand Coulee Dam.

The top of the rock is a broad, flat plateau offering stunning views across the scablands of coulee country. From the parking area, the trail tracks across the lower slope of the rocky butte. Wildflowers abound along the lower foot of the butte: arrowleaf balsamroot and prairie star flowers are particularly prominent."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Coulee
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 2,250 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Steamboat Rock

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May 2018