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Results List

23 Hikes
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Crab Creek

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
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Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Rimrock Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1060.0 ft.
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3.75
(8 votes)
Formerly the Frog Lake Trail, this area is breathtakingly scenic, compensating for the fact that there is no actual lake en route. Frog Lake dried up years ago, leaving a seasonal marsh that occupies a small basin below the trail's ultimate destination; a broad mesa with a 360 degree view of the surrounding scablands of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
Ancient Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
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4.08
(62 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 
Quincy Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
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3.67
(9 votes)
Quincy Lakes is an umbrella term for the area including Ancient Lakes and Dusty Lake.
 
 
Potholes Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
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3.40
(5 votes)
The Potholes Wildlife Area is enclosed in the nearly 40,000-acre Potholes Reservoir Unit near Moses Lake. Part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, anyone who has driven cross-state has zipped through this enormous irrigation project, but few stop to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife it supports.
 
 
Dusty Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
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2.67
(3 votes)
One of the Quincy Lakes, Dusty Lake is further in the backcountry, making for a good long day hike or an overnight.
 
 
Goose Lake Plateau

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
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3.50
(4 votes)
This wide-open grassland offers roaming, but route-finding is necessary to enjoy your time on trail here.
 
 
Frenchman Coulee

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
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Average rating:
3.08
(13 votes)
Vantage is primarily a destination for rock climbers, with the fascinating rock formations of the Gorge making for a great challenge to those wishing to hone their belaying skills. But nearby Frenchman Coulee allows hikers to enjoy the same surroundings with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
 
 
Gloyd Seeps - South

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
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2.67
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The Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area is part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. This southern unit is disconnected from the main Gloyd Seeps area to the north. This is a popular fishing access off of Highway 17 with a short trail running along the edge of Rocky Ford Creek.
 
 
Gloyd Seeps - North

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
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3.25
(4 votes)
The Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area is part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. This long, narrow parcel follows along crab creek through channeled scablands and shrub steppe.
 
 
Billy Clapp Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
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2.25
(4 votes)
Lose yourself in the land around Billy Clapp Lake. Walk lakeside, or head into the grasslands around it, and look for wildlife.
 
 
Potholes State Park - Frenchman Hills Trail Loop

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles of trails
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Potholes State Park mostly service picknickers and boaters, but there are 3 miles of trail to explore on the Frenchman Hills Trail Loop.
 
 
Telford Recreation Area

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
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Explore 11,000 acres of old farm land and grassy meadows in the heart of Central Washington. With three trailhead access points, the area provides hikers with plenty of opportunity to see wildflowers, old farm equipment, and vernal ponds.
 
 
Wahatis Peak

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
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A remarkable high point, showcasing the beauty of the Columbia River and the impact of the Potholes Reservoir on the surrounding agricultural land.
 
 
Lakeview Ranch

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
5.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
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Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Lakeview Ranch is a wild and expansive former ranch set among the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington. Now a part of the Bureau of Land Management, the recreation area offers a network of old farm roads that are perfect for exploring seasonal lakes, sagebrush flats, and coulees between basalt cliffs and mesas.
 
 
Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
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2.91
(11 votes)
One of the largest petrified forests on the planet sits in the center of Washington State. The ancient trees were mineralized into rock during the great lava flows that swept the inland Northwest. In addition to petrified ginkgos (one of the oldest tree species in the world), the "rock forest" includes mineralized Douglas fir, spruce, walnut, and elm.
 
 
Escure Ranch - Towell Falls

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 530 ft.
Highest Point: 1565.0 ft.
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3.88
(8 votes)
Roughly 25 miles south of I-90 at Sprague (Exit 245) lies the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Escure Ranch. Formerly a sheep ranch run by Basque sheepherders, the ranch contains a stretch of Rock Creek, including Towell Falls. The trail follows an old ranch road for three miles along Rock Creek with views of the valley, basalt outcroppings, aspen, spring wildflowers, and native bunchgrass.
 
 
Sentinel Mountain

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
Highest Point: 2372.0 ft.
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A peak scramble on the east side of the Cascades.
 
 
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Marsh Lake Unit

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
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Desert Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 1150.0 ft.
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3.40
(5 votes)
 
 
Bobs Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 390 ft.
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3.50
(4 votes)
 
 
Chukar Lake - Blythe Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
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2.83
(6 votes)
 
 
Winchester Wasteway

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
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3.40
(5 votes)