Packer Creek

Ritzville, Washington 99169

Packer Creek

Packer Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Coal-black basalt bluffs and towering colonnades stand over the Packer Creek property. An intermittent lake nestled in the base of a coulee at the east side of the tract dries out in late summer, but throughout the winter and spring it provides a good home to waterfowl. Ducks and blue herons routinely fly around the lake and nearby marshy ponds, while other birds inhabit a grove of old poplars near a small spring along the valley floor in the western part of the tract. Orioles build nests on the branches, and woodpeckers bore holes in the tree trunks. On the ground along the dirt banks at the edge of the coulees, look for badgers, small rodents, and other burrowing animals.

At 1652 acres, this area—at first glance—seems a little small for wild land hiking. However, once you step into the desert, you’ll find you can roam over all the 1652 acres of this desert playland. Hiking southwest on the old road leading from the trailhead area takes you into the heart of the land. At about 0.5 mile you’ll reach Packer Creek. You’ll also bump into a pocket of private land tucked into the BLM parcel (a private residence is situated on the private land parcel—respect the landowner’s privacy, please)."

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Trail Information

Ritzville
Nearby City
4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,800 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia
Local Maps

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