White Bluffs–North Slope

Richland, Washington

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The mighty Columbia River has been called the Heart of the West. Lewis and Clark and their famous Corps of Discovery journeyed along the wild waters of the Columbia nearly two hundred years ago as they sought to open the West to U.S. expansion. The river is filled with the waters from millions of acres of wilderness, but humans long ago tamed this massive river—at least most of it. Purely through serendipity, the lonely Hanford Reach is the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River. This section was undammed simply because the sensitive nature of the work being done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation prevented such massive projects as a dam from being completed within its borders. The Hanford Reach can be seen from the long stretch of the White Bluffs.

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"The mighty Columbia River has been called the Heart of the West. Lewis and Clark and their famous Corps of Discovery journeyed along the wild waters of the Columbia nearly two hundred years ago as they sought to open the West to U.S. expansion. The river is filled with the waters from millions of acres of wilderness, but humans long ago tamed this massive river—at least most of it.

Purely through serendipity, the lonely Hanford Reach is the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River. This section was undammed simply because the sensitive nature of the work being done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation prevented such massive projects as a dam from being completed within its borders. The Hanford Reach can be seen from the long stretch of the White Bluffs."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Richland
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: 700 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids
Driving Directions: Directions to White Bluffs–North Slope

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May 2018