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Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Green Gulch

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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10.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2500 ft.


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Hike down into a canyon starting at 1000 feet of elevation and descending. The trail is an old road that goes for several miles. 

The Chief Joseph unit is located in the southeast corner of Washington State between the Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers, straddling Joseph Creek. It was acquired in 1974 to enhance bighorn sheep, mule deer, and upland game bird populations. The rugged grassland canyons now support populations of deer, elk, bighorn sheep, upland birds, and raptors.

It also includes quality riparian habitat that support a diversity of neo-tropical migrant birds, reptiles and amphibians. The Joseph Creek watershed is home to both steelhead and bull trout, both federally listed as threatened and managed as state species of concern. The area is popular with native wildflower viewing in the spring, wildlife watching in the summer and winter months, and hunting during the fall.


Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Green Gulch

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.0221, -117.0276 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Chief Joseph Wildlife Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Clarkston

Getting There

From Asotin, drive up Snake River Road along the Snake River to Heller Bar, which is located at the mouth of the Grande Ronde River. Continue along the county road, which now follows the Grande Ronde. The entrance to the wildlife area is approximately 2 miles past Heller Bar. Continue past the boundary sign on the county road. The road will eventually leave the Grande Ronde and follow Joseph Creek. Continue up Joseph Creek to marked WDFW property along both sides of the road. There is private property in blocks along the road, which are clearly identified.

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