Snake River / Columbia Plateau Trail

Pasco, Washington 99301

Snake River / Columbia Plateau Trail

Snake River / Columbia Plateau Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
November through March
600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
750 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walla Walla
Local Maps

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Dec 2018