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Saddle Mountain East Professional Review and Guide
"Views from the entire top of Saddle Mountain are expansive. The urban sprawl of the Tri-Cities can be seen to the south, while the long, pristine stretch of the Hanford Reach portion of the Columbia Basin lies before you. To the north and directly below you, you’ll see the dramatic coulee of Lower Crab Creek, and beyond that the flat farmlands of the Columbia Basin that extend to Othello and Moses Lake. Saddle Mountain stands tall between the deep and broad canyon of Lower Crab Creek Coulee and the deep basin of the mighty Columbia River."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
The green trail marker on the trails.com main map is badly mis-placed. The driving directions from the guide are correct - this trail is East of Mattawa off highway 24. If you check out this trail take a good look at the directions in the guide - the green marker on the map at the time of this post shows the trail off of hwy 26. Not the case. Awesome hike though - killer views north and south from the ridge of the Saddle Mountains south of Othello. Watch for rattlesnakes. Overall this is an awesome area way off the beaten path.
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