Juniper Dunes Wilderness

Snake River, Washington 99332

Juniper Dunes Wilderness

Juniper Dunes Wilderness Professional Review and Guide

"This hike begins on private land owned by the Juniper Dunes Ranch. Access is only from March 1 until May 31 and only during daylight hours. Please respect all posted rules and close all gates. The owners can deny access at any time, so it’s important to be a good guest on their land. The access window is short, but it’s during the spring months when temperatures aren’t too extreme and the dunes are awash in wildflowers."

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"This easy round-trip springtime day hike will lead you through one of eastern Washington’s most intriguing landscapes and wilderness areas, past stands of juniper and over impressive sand dunes.

Sand dunes aren’t unheard of in eastern Washington, as they commonly form along the banks of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. But nowhere else are they as abundant as in the Juniper Dunes, where nearly 10 square miles of sand dunes and groves of western juniper are protected as wilderness under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This is the only wilderness area in the entire Columbia Basin and a fascinating insight into this remote, arid part of Washington. The trailhead, the only access point to the wilderness, lies on the property of the Juniper Dunes Ranch, only 100 yards from the wilderness boundary.The owner graciously allows day hiking from March through May only, due to high summer fire danger, and no overnight parking is permitted."

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Trail Information

Snake River
Nearby City
2
Distance
Easy
Skill Level
March-May
Season