Juniper Dunes Wilderness

Pasco, Washington

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Ask Washington hikers to describe their idea of “wilderness” and most will talk passionately about alpine lakes, towering spires of rock, glaciers, ancient forests, and deep river valleys. One of Washington’s finest protected wilderness areas, though, fails to meet any of those expectations. Deep in the heart of the dry, desert country of the lower Columbia Basin sits the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area, the only Bureau of Land Management wilderness in the entire state. Covering just 7,140 acres, it is also the only wilderness area in the state to be completely enclosed by barbed wire—put there not to keep the animals in but to keep the motorcycles and ORVs out. Fortunately, the wire works and the deer and coyotes can leap over or under the wire as they please. The Juniper Dunes Wilderness exists as an oasis of natural wonder just a few minutes drive from the urban sprawl of Pasco. The only trail in this wilderness is an old jeep track that slices across the southern end of the small desert preserve, but no trails are needed here. To experience the wonders of this place, simply disappear into the sand dunes and juniper groves.

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"Ask Washington hikers to describe their idea of “wilderness” and most will talk passionately about alpine lakes, towering spires of rock, glaciers, ancient forests, and deep river valleys. One of Washington’s finest protected wilderness areas, though, fails to meet any of those expectations. Deep in the heart of the dry, desert country of the lower Columbia Basin sits the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area, the only Bureau of Land Management wilderness in the entire state. Covering just 7,140 acres, it is also the only wilderness area in the state to be completely enclosed by barbed wire—put there not to keep the animals in but to keep the motorcycles and ORVs out. Fortunately, the wire works and the deer and coyotes can leap over or under the wire as they please.

The Juniper Dunes Wilderness exists as an oasis of natural wonder just a few minutes drive from the urban sprawl of Pasco. The only trail in this wilderness is an old jeep track that slices across the southern end of the small desert preserve, but no trails are needed here. To experience the wonders of this place, simply disappear into the sand dunes and juniper groves."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pasco
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: March through June or October
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walla Walla
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Dunes Wilderness

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May 2018