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Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities
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Length

8.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.

Rating

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During the last great Ice Age, the Great Missoula Floods carved out deep channels with notably steep walls and flat valley floors known as coulees. This includes the Washtucna Coulee which offers stunning views of the Snake River plateau, Devils Canyon and much more.

The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon. For an 8.0-mile hike, after taking in the views at the other side of the tunnel, head back to the trailhead.

History enthusiasts can delight in remnants of the railroad. Those more interested in natural history can marvel at the geological impact of the Great Missoula Floods that remain even to this day. Along the way, spot some splendid plants and wildflowers, like sage violets, buttercups, desert parsley and more.

 

Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.6635, -118.4836 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Connell

Getting There

From Kahlotus, head east on WA-260 E. About 4 miles from the city, turn right on Fry Road to park. This will take you to the eastern end of the trail.

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Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

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