Seattle: Whiskey Dick Mountain

This stunning 12-mile romp visits one of the most beautiful and rugged desert shrub-steppe areas of central Washington and is well worth the 2-hour drive from downtown.
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This stunning 12-mile romp visits one of the most beautiful and rugged desert shrub-steppe areas of central Washington and is well worth the 2-hour drive from downtown.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.7

Waypoints

WDM001

Location: 46.9675674438477, -120.123428344727

Head E on jeep road leading along broad flat ridge

WDM002

Location: 46.9674682617188, -120.113616943359

Pass E through fence by an old shed

WDM003

Location: 46.9588775634766, -120.087333679199

Stunning view E down Rocky Coulee to the Columbia River

WDM004

Location: 46.9537811279297, -120.06844329834

Jeep track U turns back NE to drop into coulee

WDM005

Location: 46.9584312438965, -120.064834594727

Pass through floor of Rocky Coulee, heading ENE; abundant falls in spring; deer and elk in the fall

WDM006

Location: 46.9589233398438, -120.060638427734

Veer N @ fork in jeep track to leave coulee floor

WDM007

Location: 46.9593124389648, -120.05916595459

Masses of rare hedgehog cactus bloom in April and May

WDM008

Location: 46.9636535644531, -120.059646606445

Continue N, passing through huge old-growth sage

WDM009

Location: 46.9687309265137, -120.066787719727

Lone Star spring

WDM010

Location: 46.9723281860352, -120.071846008301

Junction with two jeep tracks; turn L @ posts, head SW cross-country toward high point

WDM011

Location: 46.9701461791992, -120.075958251953

Top of easternmost summit of Whiskey Dick Mountain; rocky basalt cliff bands and grand desert views