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Old Wagon Road Trail

Central Washington


Central Washington -- Grand Coulee
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1.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2300 ft.


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From the same trailhead as Northrup Canyon, the Old Wagon Road Trail heads high, rather than into the canyon. Begin on the same trail as that to Northrup, but after just a few hundred yards, look for a trail branching off to the south. There's a sign where the trail enters the trees, reading 'Old Wagon Road Trail'. Do note that this trail is closed from November to March to protect bald eagle nesting habitat. 

The trail climbs the side of the south canyon wall. In many places, it crosses slopes of loose rock. Along the way, you'll enjoy a myriad of wildflowers, including larkspur. 

Climbed until you level out at the top of the canyon wall. Here, the trail turns completely back, about 0.9 miles from the trailhead. It becomes faint, heading west, towards an overlook of Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock, but be sure to have navigational skills here -- other hikers have lost the trail from this point.


Old Wagon Road Trail

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Co-ordinates: 47.8657, -119.0833 Open map in new window


Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods (Bruce Bjornstad - Keokee Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake

Getting There

Take I-90 to exit 151: SR-283 signed "Ephrata/Soap Lake." Drive through Ephrata and turn north at Soap Lake onto SR-17. Continue about 20 miles and turn right on SR-2. In 4.2 miles, you'll come to a Y junction. Stay straight to merge onto SR-155. At 18.8 miles from the Y junction, turn right onto the Northrup Canyon Natural Area. Continue 0.7 mile to the trailhead.

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