Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Vantage, Washington

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From this small wildlife area, you’ll enjoy views of Sentinel Gap. Along the route, you may also see bald eagles hunting over the sloughs south of the trailhead near the boat launch and red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks hunting over the desert prairies. This wildlife area in the region north of Priest Rapids Dam offers a dramatic view of Sentinel Gap—the deep cut in the 1800-foot-tall Saddle Mountain Ridge through which the Columbia River flows. From the trailhead, drop down into the often mud-packed dry slough area and roam among the old dead trees, stumps, and oddly shaped rocks that dot the mudflats.
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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

From this small wildlife area, you’ll enjoy views of Sentinel Gap. Along the route, you may also see bald eagles hunting over the sloughs south of the trailhead near the boat launch and red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks hunting over the desert prairies.

This wildlife area in the region north of Priest Rapids Dam offers a dramatic view of Sentinel Gap—the deep cut in the 1800-foot-tall Saddle Mountain Ridge through which the Columbia River flows. From the trailhead, drop down into the often mud-packed dry slough area and roam among the old dead trees, stumps, and oddly shaped rocks that dot the mudflats.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vantage
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 450 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids
Driving Directions: Directions to Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

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May 2018