Frenchman Coulee

Vantage, Washington

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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.

Frenchman Coulee Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vantage
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Frenchman Coulee

Recent Trail Reviews

7/8/2011
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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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May 2018