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 Road Alston - Road - Water Crossing (Photo by Laura)

We found plenty of good campsites along Douglas Creek.

Douglas Creek - Near Pegg Creek and McCue Spring - Campsite - Sportsmobile Douglas Creek - Near Pegg Creek and McCue Spring - Campsite - Lyra - Laura Douglas Creek - Near Pegg Creek and McCue Spring - Campsite - Lyra - Dust Play (Photo by Laura) Douglas Creek - Campsite Douglas Creek - Hike at North End - Looking South

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 - Galls Douglas 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 

Road West from Douglas Creek - Sportsmobile Road West from Douglas Creek - Sportsmobile Douglas Creek - Flowers Douglas Creek - Lyra Douglas Creek - Lyra - Laura Douglas Creek

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 

Douglas Creek - Hike at North End - Laura - Lyra Douglas Creek - Hike at North End - Lyra Douglas Creek - Hike at North End - Water

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 

Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Hill North of Duffy Creek - Looking South Towards Duffy Creek (Photo by Laura) Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Hill North of Duffy Creek - Road - Flowers - Sportsmobile (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Looking Northeast Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Lyra - Laura - Sportsmobile Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Lyra - Flower Drawing - Flower Pigment (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Laura - Lyra Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flower Collection - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flower Collection (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Tracing Flower Shadow - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Lyra - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Flowers Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Lyra - Laura Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Collected Flowers (Photo by Laura) Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Road Campsite - Hill North of Duffy Creek - Lyra - Laura Road up from Duffy Creek - Hills Duffy Creek Area - Flowers Road up from Duffy Creek (Photo by Laura)

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 

Flowers (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Lyra - Camera (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Trail Beezley Hills - Lyra - Laura - Flowers Beezley Hills - Lyra - Laura - Flowers - Cameras Beezley Hills - Hike - Geoff - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Cactus - Rock Circle - Lyra - Camera Beezley Hills - Flowers - Cactus Beezley Hills - Flowering Cactus - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Flowers (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Laura - Lyra Beezley Hills - Flowering Cactus (Photo by Laura) Beezley Hills - Flowering Cactus Beezley Hills Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - LyraArt - Flowering Cactus (Photo by Laura)

Driving south on Rock Island Grade.

Badger Mountain - Looking Southwest Over Rock Island Creek - Flowers View West over Rock Island Creek - Viewpoint - Flowers (Photo by Laura) View West over Rock Island Creek - Viewpoint - Flowers (Photo by Laura) View West over Rock Island Creek - Viewpoint - Lyra's Ladybug (Photo by Laura)

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.

Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - In Sportsmobile - Geoff - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - Drawing in Van - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - Geoff Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - Geoff Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - Sunset Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - Laura - Sportsmobile Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite - Sportsmobile

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

Bones - Laura Bones - Lyra - Laura Monument Hill - Radio Tower Access Road - Campsite Bones (Photo by Laura) Playing in Van - Sportsmobile - Lyra - Tamale Snack (Photo by Laura)

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 

Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes - Lyra - Geoff (Photo by Laura) Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes (Photo by Laura) Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes - Lyra - Laura Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes - Laura - Lyra Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes - Lyra - Geoff (Photo by Laura) Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes Frenchman Coulee - Sand Dunes - Lyra - Sandy (Photo by Laura)

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

Cottage Cafe - Cle Elum - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Cottage Cafe - Cle Elum - Lyra - Drawing (Photo by Laura) Cottage Cafe - Cle Elum - Pie - Laura - Lyra (Photo by Laura) Cottage Cafe - Cle Elum - Lyra (Photo by Laura)