Wildflowers, wildlife, and great views of Eastern Washington’s wild Blue Mountains: the Panjab Trail offers it all.
Due to a large forest fire in 2005, much of the trail meanders through burned timber, but the Panjab Trail is nicely shaded thanks to living trees near Panjab Creek. The cooling sound of flowing water accompanies hikers across a steel bridge and most of the way up the 2500 feet of elevation gain. The trail is used by both hikers and horseback riders, so it is easy to follow and well-maintained.
Near the beginning of the hike, less than a mile in, the trail forks. Stay to the left, and continue heading uphill. Near the top, still in the woods, come to another unmarked spur trail going to the left. Keep right, following the horseshoe tracks.
Look out for the Dusty Trail veering to the right as you hike to the summit. This trail may not appear on your map, but it is signed. If you take it, you'll pass Dusty Camp and continue to a four-way intersection of the Panjab Trail. Here, the Rattlesnake Trail branches to the left, Indian Corral/Dunlap Spring stretches out ahead of you, and the Mount Misery trail vanishes off your right. This intersection is unmarked, but the detour is worth it -- many downed trees on the Panjab Trail make progress on it laborious at best.
Near its end, the Panjab Trail opens into a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers.