Dayhiking North Douglas Creek Canyon Loop, WA.

Dayhiking North Douglas Creek Canyon Loop, WA.

I wrote an article on Washington’s Douglas Creek Canyon March 2018 sharing some history and geology specific to the area to include a trip video of the South Douglas Creek portion of the canyon. The area is broken into two sections the South and North trail-heads or access points. The North Douglas Creek Canyon section is mainly accessed from SR 2 East of Waterville, more specifically about 4 miles East of the town of Douglas where you take a right on county road I which is a long undulating gravel road going  South and eventually being called Slack Canyon Rd. all the time dropping slowly in elevation. As you drop down into the canyon just to your right on the East side of Douglas Creek is a large parking lot and several information boards. The area is under control of the Bureua of Land management and there are no restrooms. The last time we did a dayhike into the area we started from the mouth of the canyon in Moses Coulee near Palisades, WA. and were only able to make it up the North section about 1.5 miles before hitting alot of brush and wide fords so we turned around, this time we were starting much closer and thought with the drier late season conditions we could work our way through just about anything for awhile but were surprised at the good condition of the path which is an old rail way long abandoned that snakes it’s way through the winding canyon. The “path” may change at times due to the creek flow which has eroded certain sections, the path is predominantly basalt so wear some comfortable and supportive footwear. There are quite a few beaver dams so filter your water and a mecca for rattle snakes late Spring to late Fall. We hiked about 5 miles in then scrambled up a steep slope to the plateau above the canyon and had lunch then returned we had one of the shortest days of the year to work with but managed 10 miles and 1400′ of elevation gain. At the point where we left the canyon the path in front of us was wide and clear and continues North gaining elevation out of the deeper part of the canyon to the Northern most access just South of Alstown, Wa. The canyon is very scenic and quiet. Happy Trails !

 

 

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