Potholes Wildlife Area–Dunes Ramble

Moses Lake, Washington

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This is desert hiking at its best—a lovely trail (a fisher trail turned into a great hiking trail) that bobs up and down over little dunes for miles. As you walk through the sand dune environment, enjoy expansive views to the south overlooking the heart of the Potholes area—miles and miles of water surrounded by miles and miles of sand dunes. The trail leads due south out of the turnaround area along the top of the dune on which you parked. As you begin your walk, you’ll immediately enter a garden of wildflowers—wallflower (yellow), yellow bells, and fernleaf desert parsley cover the ground and are especially lovely when seen beneath the willow trees along the water.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

This is desert hiking at its best—a lovely trail (a fisher trail turned into a great hiking trail) that bobs up and down over little dunes for miles. As you walk through the sand dune environment, enjoy expansive views to the south overlooking the heart of the Potholes area—miles and miles of water surrounded by miles and miles of sand dunes.

The trail leads due south out of the turnaround area along the top of the dune on which you parked. As you begin your walk, you’ll immediately enter a garden of wildflowers—wallflower (yellow), yellow bells, and fernleaf desert parsley cover the ground and are especially lovely when seen beneath the willow trees along the water.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moses Lake
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Potholes Wildlife Area–Dunes Ramble

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May 2018