White Bluffs–South Slope

Richland, Washington 99353

White Bluffs–South Slope

White Bluffs–South Slope Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The White Buffs area offers an incredible desert landscape to explore. The amazing clay/sand bluffs boast amazing patterns woven into their faces—patterns created by the network of sand and clay layers as well as the hundreds of holes that serve as nesting sites for cliff swallows and many species of raptors that come to this area in spring. Heading south, you have numerous roaming options, and going in this direction would take many visits to fully explore.

Heading south from the trailhead along the old paved roadway, you can enjoy the amazing bluffs and the wonderful river views. You’ll be walking along the Hanford Reach, the last free-flowing section of the Columbia. One mile down the road, look carefully for an unsigned trail that leaves the roadway on your left (a trail leads right also for more roaming out to sandstone pillar formations overlooking the river) where the roadway passes through a flat area before it goes through a deep road cut."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids
Local Maps

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Dec 2018