Fort Simcoe State Park

Toppenish, Washington

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Just try to visit Fort Simcoe State Park without feeling you are in an oasis in the middle of sagebrush-strewn country at the northern base of Toppenish Ridge. The 200-acre park that includes the grounds of an 1850s-era military installation offers riparian habitat along springs that bubble from the ground at the park’s edge as well as a small stand of Garry oak trees that offers another type of bird habitat. But venture just west or south of the park and the nature of this slice of the Yakama Indian Reservation is obviously shrub-steppe. Habitats: Lowland riparian, shrub-steppe. Specialty birds: Golden Eagle; Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks; Chukar; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Cassin’s Vireo; Sage Thrasher.

Fort Simcoe State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Just try to visit Fort Simcoe State Park without feeling you are in an oasis in the middle of sagebrush-strewn country at the northern base of Toppenish Ridge. The 200-acre park that includes the grounds of an 1850s-era military installation offers riparian habitat along springs that bubble from the ground at the park’s edge as well as a small stand of Garry oak trees that offers another type of bird habitat.

But venture just west or south of the park and the nature of this slice of the Yakama Indian Reservation is obviously shrub-steppe. Habitats: Lowland riparian, shrub-steppe. Specialty birds: Golden Eagle; Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks; Chukar; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Cassin’s Vireo; Sage Thrasher."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Toppenish
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 980 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Simcoe State Park

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May 2018