Coulees and Canyons

Douglas Creek

We entered the Douglas Creek canyon from the south, where the road is rough with several water crossings (4x4 only). See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.4678, -119.8739  If you enter from the north via Slack Canyon instead, the road is smoothly graded. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.5174, -119.9192 

Douglas Creek - South End - Water Crossing - Rough RoadAlston - Road - Water Crossing (Photo by Laura)

We found plenty of good campsites along Douglas Creek.

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Evidence of a past wildfire.

Douglas Creek - Near Pegg Creek and McCue Spring - Campsite - Lyra - Laura - Burnt Tree Hole

Lyra's collection of bones and other finds:

Douglas Creek - Near Pegg Creek and McCue Spring - Campsite - Lyra's Collection - Bone - GallsDouglas Creek - Lyra - Bone - Book - Sportsmobile

Exploring a side canyon, and hiking up out of the canyon. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.4860, -119.9189 

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Hiking west along an old jeep trail and railroad grade. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.4986, -119.9124 

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Duffy Creek Area

We camped north of Duffy Creek, on a hill surrounded by wildflowers with a view northeast over the surrounding farmland. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.4951, -119.9903 

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Beezley Hills

This hike through in a private reserve features flowering cactuses, along with many other wildflowers. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.3102, -119.7900 

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Driving south on Rock Island Grade.

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We stopped at this overlook — a superb view down to Rock Island Creek, if you disregard the large amounts of trash that has been dumped here. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.4037, -120.0585 

View West over Rock Island Creek - Viewpoint

Camping nearby, on the Monument Hill radio tower access road.

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Laura carefully reassembled the bones of a small animal. Lyra made a bone & flower shrine.

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Potholes Coulee

Judith Pool hike to Ancient Lake See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.1541, -119.9301 

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Lunch break at Evergreen Reservor See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.1529, -119.9351 

Potholes Coulee--Evergreen Reservoir - Laura - Lyra - Sportsmobile

Frenchman Coulee

Hike to sand dunes! See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth  47.0132, -119.9831 

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Wrapping up with pie at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum!

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