Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Steptoe Butte, a 400 million years old mound of quartzite, is an anomaly in the surrounding sea of wheat fields. It's elevation, 1000' feet above the fields, gives visitors who drive the 4 mile road to the summit an expansive 360 degree view.
Buses are driven on the road so it's okay for large RVs but be aware that it's narrow, steep and does not have guardrails. The parking area is large. There's another lot on the actual summit that is much smaller. We walked/rolled up the very steep, short road to see the view from that lot. Park 47.03166, -117.29673
Sunday, May 29, 2022
The trail is 130 miles long, running almost all the way from Spokane to Kennewick. There are a few paved sections but most of it's ballast or gravel with some dirt or grass. We wanted to go on the section that runs through the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge but there are few access points so we had to start in Cheney which meant we had 1.5 miles of trail before we got to the refuge.
The trail from Chaney goes steeply downhill before leveling out to almost flat. It's elevated above the farmland that surrounds it so the views are nice. The gravel is loose making pushing difficult even with assistance.
Friday, May 27, 2022
Pine Lakes Loop Trail (designated accessible) is partly paved, partly gravel. It's accessible except the first section is very steep and wheelchair users may need assistance. This trail has the best access to lakes with a lot of ducks.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The campground sits above Pacific Lake which is totally dry due to the declining water level in the aquifer. Supposedly it does fill at times but it looks like that hasn't happened for quite a while. The campground has three sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and a vault toilet. A very quiet spot to spend a few days.