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Potholes Wildlife Area–North Professional Review and Guide
"The Potholes Wildlife Area covers 32,500 acres, with 20,000 acres of surface water when the reservoir is full of snowmelt each spring. That means several thousand acres of water cover the natural sand dune area, creating hundreds of small islands and seasonally flooded areas that are popular homes for a variety of birds, including pelicans and egrets, and other animals. The marshy areas in the seasonal flood plain sport huge fields of cattail and bulrush, which in turn support great populations of birds and animals. The western part of the Potholes area still has many active sand dunes, especially east of the Winchester and Frenchman Hills Wasteways."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
This hike is extremely close to Moses Lake and easily accessible from I-90. I recommend this trail for bird watchers. I'm not a bird fanatic myself, but you see many different species (especially 2.5 miles into the hike). I also saw a coyote and a dozen small "lizards". The trail is extremely flat and is on an old road. Just stay on the road and you'll be fine. I probably wouldn't do the trail again, but it was close and gave me a reason to go hiking. Bring mosquito repellent.
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