Frenchman Coulee

Vantage, Washington 98950

Frenchman Coulee

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"Starting on a shelf at the edge of the Columbia River, head east on an old jeep track. Closed to motorized travel, it’s obvious from the tire tracks that scofflaws can’t read or don’t care about this regulation meant to protect this fragile environment. Managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Frenchman Coulee is part of the multiunit 192,000-acre Columbia Basin Wildlife Area, consisting of outstanding sagebrush-steppe ecosystems, including the nearby Ancient and Dusty Lakes. A popular hunting area, be sure to don orange when hiking here in the fall."

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Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson
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"On summer weekends, rock climbers flock to the nearby Frenchman Coulee climbing area, drawn to the tall vertical columns of basalt that line the coulee walls. Hikers, who prefer their lands more horizontal than vertical, will also find great enjoyment here. From the trailhead, the path leads straight up the bottom of the coulee. As you hike, watch the coulee walls for agile rock climbers doing their Spiderman impersonations on the black rock. If no climbers are in evidence, just enjoy the natural spectacle of the coulee. The towering columnar walls frame a valley filled with sage and wildflowers." Read more

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7/8/2011
The trailhead is at a white locked gate. Be sure to watch for the small parking lot or you'll drive right past it. You enter a canyon that is filled with sagebrush. The trail is extremely flat. Toward the end you hike through what is like beach sand. The waterfall at the end was low in July. Overall I wouldn't do this hike again. It runs along the road most of the time and the area has been used as a dumping ground. It is a desert hike for sure, no trees, lots of basalt and sagebrush.
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Trail Information

Vantage
Nearby City
4
Distance
Moderate
Skill Level
March-December
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Dec 2018