Eastern Washington has wide open spaces, rolling hills and views for hundreds of miles. While some see an area with little life, I see an alien landscape that it hauntingly beautiful. There’s something humbling about viewing wide open spaces that at the same time, makes you feel larger than life. These great hikes help you to see Eastern Washington in all its glory.
Incredible Hikes in Eastern Washington
North Eastern Washington
Lake Lenore Caves
Just outside of Ephrata, these caves are incredible! Hidden inside of the desert landscape, these 7 caves are easy to access and explore by simple dirt trail. They were formed during the last Ice Age.
Mount Spokane State Park
If you want a natural escape from Spokane, the second largest city in Washington, look no further than Mount Spokane state park. It takes you through nearly 100 miles of trails and is the oldest park in Washington. It offers small day hikes and larger backpacking excursions.
Umatilla Rock Trail
An amazing desert hike that leads you through a 3 mile loop around Umatilla Rock, you’ll be treated to views of the surrounding area and Dry Falls. Dry Falls was at the mouth of the flood territory during the ancient Missoula Floods and the falls was one of the largest and most spectacular on Earth at the time. Nowadays, it’s an amazing geologic feat that has you daydreaming back in time to try and envision its past glory.
South Eastern Washington
Fields Spring State Park
At the tip of the Blue Mountains (home of the Pacific Northwest legendary Bigfoot!) you’ll find Fields Spring State Park. It takes you through 3 miles of trails where you can view Washington, Idaho and Montana in panorama. It’s truly a sight to behold.
A butte is a small mountain, isolated against a generally flat landscape. Kamiak Butte is a great day hike located just 15 minutes outside of Pullman that’s perfect for those looking to take it easy. It has a short steep incline at the beginning, followed by a long flat jaunt across the top that has incredible views, flora and fauna.
Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
Not so much a “hike” as a biking and walking trail, this long walk is paved and offers incredible opportunities to view local rivers and wildlife. It does provide plenty of ups and downs since it traverses many of the rolling hills of the Palouse.
Where’s your favorite place to hike?
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Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.