Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Washington

Distance35.0mi
Elevation Gain1,801ft
Trailhead Elevation2,315ft
Top2,349ft
Elevation Min/Max1756/2349ft
Elevation Start/End2315/2308ft

Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

Columbia Plateau Trail State Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Whitman County, Lincoln County, Spokane County, and Adams County, Washington. It is within Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. It is 35.0 miles long and begins at 2,315 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 70.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,801 feet. The Martin Road Trailhead parking can be seen along the trail. There are also information maps, information boards, and restroom along the trail. This trail connects with the following: South Dover Road.

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"The section of the Columbia Plateau Trail described here is the only part of that trail that is presently paved. For kids that like trains, this is a great hike. You may get a close look at a train on a parallel track or crossing overhead on a bridge. This hike can be made one-way, cutting the total distance in half, if a car shuttle to the Fish Lake Trailhead can be arranged. The Columbia Plateau Trail is a Rails-to-Trails project.

Even though pedestrians have the right-of-way over bicyclists, it is always a good idea to be courteous and move to the side to allow them to pass safely. The most common users of this section of the Columbia Plateau Trail are bicyclists. Horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

This portion of the Columbia Plateau Trail is accessible for people with physical challenges."

"The section of the Columbia Plateau Trail described here is the only part of that trail that is currently paved. For kids that like trains, this is a great hike.

You may get a close look at a train on a parallel track or crossing overhead on a bridge. This hike can be made one way, cutting the total distance in half, if a car shuttle to the Fish Lake Trailhead can be arranged. The Columbia Plateau Trail is a Rails-to-Trails project."

"The Columbia Plateau Trail is a Rails to Trails project. The portion of the trail described here is paved and, being so close to Cheney, receives considerable bicycle traffic. This is a great route to hike with children, especially kids who like trains, as it is likely that you will get a close look at one on a parallel track or overhead bridge crossing. Muskrats may sometimes be seen in the sluggish streams that parallel the route in places. If a car shuttle can be arranged to the Fish Lake Trailhead, this hike can be made one way, cutting the total distance in half.

Dogs must be leashed. This is very important because of the large number of bicycles on this trail. Bicyclists are the most common users of this trail. Horses are prohibited on the section of trail described here, but are permitted on the unpaved section to the southwest. This portion of the Columbia Plateau Trail is wheelchair accessible."

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Trail Information

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Nearby City
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Asphalt
Surface
Easy
Skill Level
At present this section of the Columbia Plateau Trail is managed by Riverside State Park, 9711 West Charles Rd., Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026; (509) 465- 5064; www.riversidestatepark.org.
Local Contacts
The map included here is more than adequate for this hike. The National Geographic Washington topo on CD- ROM covers the area very well but shows this route as a railroad track (which it once was), as do many other maps.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018