Central WA : The Colockum Loop
I did alot of trail and treadmill running during the mixed bag of cold temps, overcast, and precipitation which was December, but Steve and I eventually made it out for a desert loop on the far edge of the North Cascades Eastern Slopes heading out to the Colockum Wildlife Area South of Wenatchee, WA. a long time favorite destination of ours. This trip we decided to take a variation as we do quite frequently these days seeking new areas to explore and with the river level lower we hiked along the West shore of the Columbia river the entire way crossing the mouth of Tarpiscan Creek which was low and threaded then continuing on towards Cape Horn and looping back crossing the steel skeleton of the only bridge over lower Tarpiscan Creek, scrambling off trail to the high road, and back to the vehicle. You might be lucky at times to see Big Horn Sheep, Elk, or Deer but this day the only wildlife we saw were plenty of Ducks. A few years back the area burned as desert scab-lands do periodically, but then received a huge amount of rain causing massive washouts and landslides throughout the area, those are substantial and have to be navigated carefully to get down to the river.