Washington's Palouse Country

The weekend of March 23/24 I did a tour of the Palouse region of southeast Washington state. The first day focused on Palouse Falls, and the second day on the Snake River.

Palouse Falls is located in a state park of the same name, about 200 feet high.

Looking the other way (south) at the Palouse River.

classic basalt formations

empty picnic area in the state park

because all the picnicers were using the campground

You can hike up along the rim for another view, and towards the trail that goes to the lip of the falls

How this area looks when you're down there

The hike there goes either from the gravel road near the restrooms, or along the rim, down this diagonal cut from the railroad tracks, and then down the canyon. It's less than a mile one way.

You can get to within about 20 feet above the top of the falls

The earlier picture looking down was taken from the rim above here

There is one spot near the picnic area where some marmots are waiting to be fed

Once they realized I wasn't going to feed them, they went back to taking it easy

Day two I drove back to the town of Kahlotus and then took SR 263 down to the Snake River

The 130 mile long Columbia Plateau Trail (roughly Pasco to Spokane), a rails-to-trails project, passes by this area. This is the Burr Canyon trestle and the trial actually goes along this thing! But there is no access in this area and it is not open to any use. The road passes far below it, and no tresspass signs block access from here. You would need to come in from farther north or south.

After returning to the Pasco-Kahlotus Road (a much better way to travel this region than the more popular SR 260), I found the Snake River Road, which led to Snake River Junction, which is a mid-trailhead for the Columbia Plateau Trail. I decided to head north.

train tracks follow the other side and they passed by regularly.