Frog Lake / Crab Creek / Marsh Loop Trails

Moses Lake, Washington

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By late spring, this area becomes very hot and dry, yet every valley bottom is covered with lush green vegetation and at least a small body of water —be it a creek, a lake, or a largish bog/mosquito hatchery. While the small waters are rich with aquatic life, the desert begins 1 or 2 feet above the waterline, with prickly pear cactus, sagebrush, cheatgrass, lots of dusty bare ground, and rattlesnakes. In winter, bitter cold weather settles in, and a cold silence envelops the land—until the birds wake up. Then you’ll be blasted awake by the call of the 100,000 ducks and geese that stop in this refuge during the annual migration. Most notable of the migratory birds are the sandhill cranes that stop over in March each year.

Frog Lake / Crab Creek / Marsh Loop Trails Professional Review and Guide

"By late spring, this area becomes very hot and dry, yet every valley bottom is covered with lush green vegetation and at least a small body of water —be it a creek, a lake, or a largish bog/mosquito hatchery. While the small waters are rich with aquatic life, the desert begins 1 or 2 feet above the waterline, with prickly pear cactus, sagebrush, cheatgrass, lots of dusty bare ground, and rattlesnakes.

In winter, bitter cold weather settles in, and a cold silence envelops the land—until the birds wake up. Then you’ll be blasted awake by the call of the 100,000 ducks and geese that stop in this refuge during the annual migration. Most notable of the migratory birds are the sandhill cranes that stop over in March each year."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moses Lake
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 950 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids
Driving Directions: Directions to Frog Lake / Crab Creek / Marsh Loop Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2011
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I originally drove to this site to do the Goose Lake Plateau, but after getting frustrated with the lack of trail I returned to the trailhead and crossed the street. I only did the Frog Lake Trial (3 miles). All three hikes mentioned share the same trailhead. It was a nice, little trail. Scattered throughout the hike were five or six signs that explained different things about this part of the refuge. I felt this hike would be great for a school field trip. The scenic loop at the top is worth it. Be sure to do the whole loop and not just an out and back to the nearest viewpoint. Also, the guide mentions rattlesnakes in the area. I didn't see or hear one during my hike. My Time: 53 minutes.



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