Sinlahekin Wildlife Area

Tonasket, Washington

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You have to work to get to the Sinlahekin River Valley, but the variety of habitats and tranquil, panoramic views of quaking aspen, water birch, and ponderosa pine against craggy ancient cliffs will reward you for your efforts. The narrow valley may be one of the best-kept birding secrets in the state, since it is an under-birded site for all that it has to offer. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Tundra Swan; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Gyrfalcon; Chukar; Sandhill Crane; Long-billed Curlew; Short-eared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing; Common Redpoll.
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by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

You have to work to get to the Sinlahekin River Valley, but the variety of habitats and tranquil, panoramic views of quaking aspen, water birch, and ponderosa pine against craggy ancient cliffs will reward you for your efforts. The narrow valley may be one of the best-kept birding secrets in the state, since it is an under-birded site for all that it has to offer.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; Tundra Swan; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Gyrfalcon; Chukar; Sandhill Crane; Long-billed Curlew; Short-eared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing; Common Redpoll.

©  Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Tonasket
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Sinlahekin Wildlife Area

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