Joe Watt Canyon

Thorp, Washington 98946

Joe Watt Canyon

Joe Watt Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"The Joe Watt Canyon area of the L. T. Murray Wildlife Area sprawls over the northeastern corner, encompassing both open sagebrush desert and dry pine forest environments, and wonderful blends of the two. As is often the case when hiking in the desert, the best walking route is actually an old road, with optional side trips comprising off-trail rambles whenever you’d like. More than 25 miles of rough dirt roads ramble through this area, with occasional mountain bikes and horses sharing them with hikers. The potential route options are too numerous to list, so consider the following just a teaser to get you started on exploring this glorious desert wildlife haven.

The large trailhead parking area doubles as a rustic campground, so don't be surprised if there are campers here taking advantage of the multitude of trails to explore. We suggest you start your exploration with a trek up the area's namesake canyon, heading west from the trailhead along the old road piercing the heart of Joe Watt Canyon."

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1,000 feet
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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Department of Natural Resources Yakima
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