Frog Lake

O'Sullivan Dam, Washington

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From the trailhead kiosk two trails diverge. The trail left heads north along Crab Creek (Hike 94). The trail straight drops off the small bench you’re on, leading to the Frog Lake and Marsh Loop Trails. Go straight and walk across an earthen dam (elev. 840 ft), one of several responsible for the nearby large wetland ponds teeming with birdlife. The refuge is a bird lover’s delight. Between its diverse habitats and being located along the Pacific Flyway, more than 225 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge, including burrowing owls, prairie falcons, and ferruginous hawks. But the refuge’s most famous avian resident is its migratory lesser sandhill cranes. Arriving in March and flying in large flocks resembling phalanxes of pterodactyls (and sounding like them), they are spectacular to watch.
Day Hiking Eastern Washington

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Day Hiking Eastern Washington

by Rich Landers (The Mountaineers Books)

From the trailhead kiosk two trails diverge. The trail left heads north along Crab Creek (Hike 94). The trail straight drops off the small bench you’re on, leading to the Frog Lake and Marsh Loop Trails. Go straight and walk across an earthen dam (elev. 840 ft), one of several responsible for the nearby large wetland ponds teeming with birdlife. The refuge is a bird lover’s delight. Between its diverse habitats and being located along the Pacific Flyway, more than 225 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge, including burrowing owls, prairie falcons, and ferruginous hawks. But the refuge’s most famous avian resident is its migratory lesser sandhill cranes. Arriving in March and flying in large flocks resembling phalanxes of pterodactyls (and sounding like them), they are spectacular to watch.

© 2013 Rich Landers/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: O'Sullivan Dam
Distance: 3
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Frog Lake

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