Central Washington’s Northrup Canyon, May 2017

Surprisingly lush canyon hike to a lake and historic homestead near Grand Coulee Dam Distance: 8.5 miles round trip (shorter options available) Type: Y shaped out and back Difficulty: moderate with ~1,000′ elevation gain  Best season: spring and fall A scenic hike with peak wildflowers, a lake, AND lots of history? You have my attention! Northrup …

Washington’s Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park: Umatilla Rock to Dry Falls Lake Loop Hike, March 2017

Hike to towering basalt cliffs, several lakes, and the site of a former waterfall that was four times the size of Niagra Falls. Distance: 3.0 miles round trip Type: loop Difficulty: easy  Best season: spring Located in the heart of central Washington’s Grand Coulee, Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park offers something for everyone. …

Central Washington’s Frenchman Coulee, March 2017

Beautiful seasonal waterfall near the mighty Columbia River in Central Washington Distance: 4.0 miles round trip  Type: out and back Difficulty: easy Best season: spring The first day of spring typically falls on our anniversary. At about a week out, I start watching the weather forecast for the Pacific Northwest and select the nicest weather …

Hanford Reach National Monument: White Bluffs North & South Trails

Beautiful spring hiking along the Hanford Reach and White Bluffs area of the Columbia River complete with desert wildflowers, sand dunes, towering cliffs, a birder’s paradise, and an eerie WWII and Cold War legacy. Distance:  South Slope 7.0 miles and North Slope 6.0 miles (these were our mileages, but these could be shortened or extended …

Ancient Lakes, Dusty Lake, Frog Lake, and Crab Creek, March 2015

Fine early spring hiking to several scabland lakes Ancient & Dusty Lakes:  9.5 miles round trip to Ancient and Dusty Lakes, out and back (Y shape) Frog Lake:  3.14 mile round trip, lollipop   Difficulty: all easy Best season: winter, spring, and fall With outstanding weather in the weekend forecast, Lusha planned our first hiking …