McGee Ranch

Richland, Washington

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This region south of the Columbia River sits at the northwesternmost part of the Hanford Reach. Priest Rapids Dam blocks the flow of the river just to the northwest, around a gentle bend in the river. The McGee Ranch Unit of the Wahluke National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 9000 acres (only a portion of which is open to the public) that serve as a crucial link for wildlife movement between the Hanford Reservation and the Yakima Training Center lands. These two huge blocks of federal land are heavily restricted and completely closed to public access, but their designation as a nuclear reservation and an Army training base actually provides the highest possible level of protection from development.

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"This region south of the Columbia River sits at the northwesternmost part of the Hanford Reach. Priest Rapids Dam blocks the flow of the river just to the northwest, around a gentle bend in the river. The McGee Ranch Unit of the Wahluke National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 9000 acres (only a portion of which is open to the public) that serve as a crucial link for wildlife movement between the Hanford Reservation and the Yakima Training Center lands.

These two huge blocks of federal land are heavily restricted and completely closed to public access, but their designation as a nuclear reservation and an Army training base actually provides the highest possible level of protection from development."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Richland
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 450 feet
Top Elevation: 450 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids
Driving Directions: Directions to McGee Ranch

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May 2018