Snake River / Columbia Plateau Trail

Pasco, Washington

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The 134-mile-long Columbia Plateau Trail (also called the Pasco/Fish Hiking along the Snake River on a portion of the Columbia Plateau Trail Lake Trail) followed the old, historic route of the Spokane–Portland–Seattle Railroad from Pasco to Spokane. The trail today is a fabulous way to experience the human and natural history of this unique landscape. The trail pierces the basalt scablands of the lower Snake River country and crosses the rimrock country of the Columbia River Plateau. It tracks through coulees cut by the Great Missoula Floods of 16,000 years ago. Settlers first used the route in the 1850s when wagon train master John Mullan surveyed a wagon road roughly following the same track we hike today.
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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

The 134-mile-long Columbia Plateau Trail (also called the Pasco/Fish Hiking along the Snake River on a portion of the Columbia Plateau Trail Lake Trail) followed the old, historic route of the Spokane–Portland–Seattle Railroad from Pasco to Spokane. The trail today is a fabulous way to experience the human and natural history of this unique landscape.

The trail pierces the basalt scablands of the lower Snake River country and crosses the rimrock country of the Columbia River Plateau. It tracks through coulees cut by the Great Missoula Floods of 16,000 years ago. Settlers first used the route in the 1850s when wagon train master John Mullan surveyed a wagon road roughly following the same track we hike today.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pasco
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: November through March
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 750 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walla Walla
Driving Directions: Directions to Snake River / Columbia Plateau Trail

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