Towell Falls

Ritzville, Washington

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The rewards of this wonderful hike are pretty straightforward. You get to wander a great jeep road for 3 miles to a glorious desert waterfall. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a side trip to the banks of picturesque Rock Creek. You’ll also find amazing views of basalt mesas rising 150 to 200 feet above the surrounding landscape. In short, this is a desert journey with incredible water works. From the trailhead, head south along the road. The first 0.5 mile is flat across a refreshing bunchgrass/cheatgrass meadow with Rock Creek gurgling along just 100 feet to the west. As you hike, enjoy great views of the Escure Ranch buildings across the creek. The cliffs ahead of you are amazing, and you’ll soon roll around them. Just as you pass around the cliffs, a small desert tarn punctuates the landscape and reflects the rising mesa before you perfectly. At 1 mile, the trail passes a fenced area and then angles off to the east. From here you may roam freely toward Rock Creek—don’t go in the other direction since it is private land.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The rewards of this wonderful hike are pretty straightforward. You get to wander a great jeep road for 3 miles to a glorious desert waterfall. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a side trip to the banks of picturesque Rock Creek. You’ll also find amazing views of basalt mesas rising 150 to 200 feet above the surrounding landscape. In short, this is a desert journey with incredible water works.

From the trailhead, head south along the road. The first 0.5 mile is flat across a refreshing bunchgrass/cheatgrass meadow with Rock Creek gurgling along just 100 feet to the west. As you hike, enjoy great views of the Escure Ranch buildings across the creek. The cliffs ahead of you are amazing, and you’ll soon roll around them.

Just as you pass around the cliffs, a small desert tarn punctuates the landscape and reflects the rising mesa before you perfectly. At 1 mile, the trail passes a fenced area and then angles off to the east. From here you may roam freely toward Rock Creek—don’t go in the other direction since it is private land.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ritzville
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,450 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia
Driving Directions: Directions to Towell Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

4/18/2014
1

We took this trek a 2nd time. Our last time here was April 2012. We brought our bikes this time instead of just walking. Mountain bikes would work best, but as long as you don't have a road bike you can manage. We packed a small raft in case we would not be able to get over to see the lager of the 3 waterfalls. This Spring we were able to jump on rocks over the river to make it over. On the way it's about 3 miles in with a few steep climbs. This trail is used by horses as well, so it can be bumpy due to their hooves after it's been muddy. 4 wheelers would be great here as well. Beware of snakes, but they are usually only out when it's sunny.


3/26/2011
0

This was a great little hike. The trail itself, we believe is closer to 7 miles round trip. It is fairly flat, and, though a bit rutted, this would make a fantastic trail run. We saw wild deer and snakes and some old bones on our way to the falls. Great hike for the early part of the season. In the summer, being in the open, we imagine the heat would be terrible.



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