Douglas Creek Canyon–South

Wenatchee, Washington

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The drive up glorious Moses Coulee alone is worth the trip to this area, even if you never leave your vehicle. If you do decide to stretch your legs, the payoff is all the more fantastic: desert prairies, steep canyons, crashing waterfalls, fields of flowers, aerial antics of birds large and small, and more pure natural splendor than you’d expect from a desert canyon. The trail follows the creek upstream from the trailhead. Though this is desert country, the rich riparian habitat around the creek supports some decidedly nondesert species. Most notably, a thriving population of belted kingfishers is found here. Indeed, the creek provides a long oasis through the heart of the canyon.

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"The drive up glorious Moses Coulee alone is worth the trip to this area, even if you never leave your vehicle. If you do decide to stretch your legs, the payoff is all the more fantastic: desert prairies, steep canyons, crashing waterfalls, fields of flowers, aerial antics of birds large and small, and more pure natural splendor than you’d expect from a desert canyon.

The trail follows the creek upstream from the trailhead. Though this is desert country, the rich riparian habitat around the creek supports some decidedly nondesert species. Most notably, a thriving population of belted kingfishers is found here. Indeed, the creek provides a long oasis through the heart of the canyon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wenatchee
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Douglas Creek Canyon–South

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May 2018