Washington's Channeled Scablands Guide : Explore and Recreate along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-01
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Scarred by ancient glaciers, central Washington's scabland canyons are an uncrowded wonderland of outdoor adventure* Comprehensive guide to a fascinating region rich in history and recreational access to camping, hiking, fishing, and more* The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail was designated by the National Park Service in 2009. Once completed, the trail will connect interpretive facilities, signage, and other tourism activities* Regional maps, visitor information, and photosOften overlooked by those cruising the highway to Spokane or the Tri-Cities area, more than 2,000 square miles of terrain in eastern Washington are home to a striking collection of sharp-edged coulees slicing through a crust of basalt. In this stunning landscape, deep lakes fill the depths of dramatic gorges flanked by steep walls of towering rock columns, labyrinthine geological channels, and wide tracts of scabby rock that give the region its name-no other region in the world contains geological features like those found in the Channeled Scablands.Where-to guidebook and travel narrative come together in Washington's Channeled Scablands Guideto offer a comprehensive and intimately knowledgeable tour of this one-of-a-kind region. Local writer and historian John Soennichsen is your guide to fascinating lore; snapshots of the unique towns connected by this singular landscape; descriptions of the fabulous geology; advice on how to explore whether by auto, horseback, canoe, bike, or on foot; and essential info about where to fuel up and stop for dinner. Take the family to scenic camping and fishing in Coffeepot Lake and read out loud the legend of Old West outlaw Harry Tracey as you cruise along on a "Back Roads Auto Tour." Lace up your boots for a cross-country hike in the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area or up Badger Mountain Trail. Explore the unearthly crater-like formations in the Telford-Crab Creek Tract, or set up with your camera for a stunning sunrise over Palouse Falls. Whether you're a boater looking for new waterways to explore, a naturalist interested in unique ecosystems, or just a curious traveler - if you're seeking adventure and intrigue just a little off the beaten path, you'll find the keys to a whole new world of exploration with Washington's Channeled Scablands Guide.

Author Biography

John Soennichsen has more than 300 articles, essays, and books to his credit, including Bretzs Flood. He lives on a five-acre emu ranch outside Cheney, Washington.

Table of Contents

Mapp. 8
Introductionp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
The Channeled Scablands: An Overview
The Scablands' Geologic Pastp. 19
The Channeled Scablands Environmentp. 29
Getting Around in the Channeled Scablandsp. 39
Touring the Channeled Scablands
Cheney-Palouse Scablandp. 57
Fish Lakep. 63
Turnbull National Wildlife Refugep. 64
Williams and Badger Lakesp. 65
FishtrapùHog Lake Recreation Areap. 67
Rock Lake and Environsp. 69
Paddling to Bonnie Lakep. 73
Sprague Lakep. 73
Escure Ranch Recreation Areap. 75
Towell Falls Hikep. 76
Turtle Lake Loop Trailp. 77
Staircase Rapidsp. 78
Palouse Falls and Canyonp. 79
Paddling to the Base of Palouse Fallsp. 81
Washtucna Couleep. 82
Devils Canyonp. 84
Columbia Plateau Trailp. 86
Cheney-Palouse Scabland Auto Toursp. 89
Cheney-Area Lakes Loopsp. 89
PalouseùSnake River Loopp. 92
Telford-Crab Creek Trackp. 95
Telford Recreation Areap. 100
Twin Lakes Recreation Areap. 102
Loop Trailp. 104
Coffeepot Lake Recreation Areap. 104
Govan Recreation Areap. 106
Lakeview Ranch Recreation Areap. 107
Odessa to Pacific Lake Trailp. 108
Odessa Cratersp. 108
Odessa Craters Loop Trailp. 109
Telford-Crab Creek Auto Toursp. 110
Midsection Loopp. 111
Almira to Odessa Back Roadsp. 112
Grand and Moses Coulessp. 115
Banks Lakep. 122
Northrup Canyonp. 123
Northrup Canyon Hikep. 124
Steamboat Rockp. 125
Steamboat Rock Summit Hikep. 125
Waterville Plateau Glacial Erraticsp. 126
Dry Falls and Umatilla Rockp. 128
Umatilla Rock Trailp. 131
Lake Lenorep. 132
Lake Lenore Cavesp. 133
Soap Lakep. 134
Dry Coulee and Billy Clapp Lakep. 136
Ephrata Fan Rock Fieldsp. 138
Moses Couleep. 139
Douglas and Duffy Creeks Recreation Areap. 142
Grand and Moses Coulees Auto Toursp. 145
Upper Grand Coulee Loopp. 145
Lower Grand Coulee Loopp. 147
Moses Couleep. 149
Moses Lake-Quincy Basinp. 153
Crater Couleep. 161
West Bar Current Ripplesp. 161
Potholes Couleep. 164
Ancient Lake Trailp. 165
Dusty Lake Trailp. 165
Frenchman Couleep. 166
Central Rib Trailp. 167
Moses Lakep. 168
Potholes Reservoirp. 170
Paddling at Potholes State Parkp. 171
Drumheller Channelsp. 172
Upper Goose Lake Trailp. 176
Paddling Upper and Lower Goose Lakesp. 177
Frog Lake Trailp. 177
Paddling Hutchinson and Shiner Lakesp. 178
Lower Crab Creekp. 179
Paddling Lower Crab Creekp. 180
Moses Lake-Quincy Basin Auto Toursp. 181
Moses LakeùArea Loopp. 181
Othello to Trinidad Back Roadsp. 183
Pasco-Lake Lewis Basinsp. 187
Esquatzel Couleep. 191
Esquatzel Coulee Hikep. 192
Juniper Dunes Wilderness Areap. 193
Juniper Dunes Cross-Country Hikep. 195
Red Mountainp. 196
Red Mountain Trailp. 197
Goose Hillp. 197
Goose Hill Trailp. 198
Benton City Badlandsp. 198
Badger Mountainp. 199
Badger Mountain Trailp. 200
Wallula Gapp. 201
Wallula Gap Hikep. 203
Twin Sistersp. 204
Twin Sisters Hikep. 205
Hat Rockp. 206
Pasco-Lake Lewis Basins Auto Toursp. 208
Esquatzel CouleeùJuniper Dunes Loopp. 208
Tri CitiesùWallula Gap Loopp. 209
Future of the Channeled Scablands
The Age Floods National Geologic Trailp. 212
Recommended Resourcesp. 217
Indexp. 219
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