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Goose Lake Plateau Professional Review and Guide
"This area is part of eastern Washington’s channeled scabland, created by glacial floodwaters of the Pleistocene epoch. It is mostly rolling countryside with basalt outcroppings forming cliffs, mesas, box canyons, and potholes. Many of the canyons and potholes are filled with water that has seeped from the Potholes Reservoir north of this unit. A long history of frequent range fires has turned almost all of this area into grassland, comprised mostly of Sandberg bluegrass and cheatgrass."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
The directions to the parking area and trailhead were spot on. That is the only good thing I can say about this hike. After a steep incline (you'll need both hands and feet), you enter a plateau. The guidebook mentions picking up a "game trail" and an "old jeep road". I roamed the plateau for 1.5 hours and found neither. I'm a well prepared hiker. I had a map and compass and still couldn't find anything. The plateau is overgrown with thickets that quickly make your walk unpleasant. I would not recommend this "trail" at all. If you choose to ignore my review, at least take this advice, wear pants or gaiters for your journey. I found the Frog Lake trail (same parking lot, just across the street) to be better maintained. Trail markers and all.
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