Colockum Wildlife Area

Wenatchee, Washington

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As one of the least-explored and least-accessible wildlife areas in central Washington, the Colockum Wildlife Area and the road up and over Colockum Pass offer some of the best bird-watching secrets in the state. The trouble is determining the best way to view the area without the need for a rugged four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road up to Colockum Pass is not recommended for passenger cars. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, mountain riparian, freshwater marsh, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Chukar; Blue Grouse; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed, Lewis’s, Blackbacked, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak.

Colockum Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"As one of the least-explored and least-accessible wildlife areas in central Washington, the Colockum Wildlife Area and the road up and over Colockum Pass offer some of the best bird-watching secrets in the state. The trouble is determining the best way to view the area without the need for a rugged four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road up to Colockum Pass is not recommended for passenger cars.

Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, mountain riparian, freshwater marsh, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Chukar; Blue Grouse; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed, Lewis’s, Blackbacked, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Wenatchee
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring and early summer
Trailhead Elevation: 650 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Colockum Wildlife Area

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May 2018