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Dates: 4/20/2018 - 4/22/2018
City / State: Othello, WA
Event Name: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Goose Lake Plateau Trail
Event Type: Walk
Event ID: 109408 
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5K, 10K - 3C
Description: A new hike on game trails, within the Drumheller Channeled Scablands, reveals many features of a desert wetlands shaped by ice-age catastrophic floods. In this desert region you will walk past marshes, around lakes, and near several waterfalls. This trek will take you through grasslands, sagebrush and coulees, and near stunning rock formations, including to the top of a 150 ft. columnar basalt mesa with superb views. Less than 750 ft. elevation gain/loss; but, a 3C rating due to short but steep ascents/descents and some scrambling over a few rock faces where hands will be needed. Carry water. Sturdy hiking footwear recommended. Stay safe by keeping well back of cliff edges.
Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Bridges - Spanning the USA
Start Times: 8 AM to Noon Fri. and Sat; 8 AM to 11 AM Sun.
Location: Kiwanis Park
Start Point / Driving Directions: I-90 Eastbound from Seattle area to the Columbia River Bridge at Vantage. On the east side of the bridge, exit onto Highway SR-26 and stay on that road to Othello. Exit left (northbound) onto S. 1st Avenue; then right (eastbound) onto E. Elm Street. Turn right (southbound) onto 5th Avenue and into Kiwanis Park.
Alternate route: I-90 Eastbound to Moses Lake. Right (southbound) on SR-17 to W. Cunningham Road. Right (westbound) to S. Broadway Avenue. Left on Broadway (southbound). Turn left (eastbound) onto E. Elm Street. Turn right (southbound) onto 5th Avenue and into Kiwanis Park.
Awards & Fees: A Award
Comments: The area is an important migratory route for Sandhill Cranes. Their distinct calls are easily heard, enabling observers to locate flocks flying overhead. The Old Hotel Art Gallery in Othello offers two floors of arts and crafts, and specialty food items, from the Inland Northwest. Also located in this 1912 state heritage building are the Visitor Center, Chamber of Commerce, and All Scratch Bakery.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (bakery open Wednesday-Friday).
Host Club: Four-Plus Foolhardy Folks
Contact: Cheri Overman (253) 709-7835
Website: fourplushikers.weebly.com
E-Mail Contact: cgeosite@gmail.com