Spokane: Bear Creek to Tucannon River Basin

Hike 7.8 miles round-trip into a river gorge chiseled into the Blue Mountains, an ecologically diverse uplift traversed by Lewis & Clark two centuries ago.
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Hike 7.8 miles round-trip into a river gorge chiseled into the Blue Mountains, an ecologically diverse uplift traversed by Lewis & Clark two centuries ago.

-Mapped by Galen Williams

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.4

Waypoints

BER001

Location: 46.1865196228027, -117.560203552246

Near Hunter Springs, descend SSW on dusty, narrow track

BER002

Location: 46.1786804199219, -117.560699462891

Knee-buckling 8% grade; see cross-canyon vista S to Jelly Springs, one of many natural Blue Mtn. springs here

BER003

Location: 46.1760711669922, -117.561096191406

Pass under pines in the 1.4-million-acre Umatilla NF. Lewis & Clark explored this vast region in 1805; part of their route became the Oregon Trail

BER004

Location: 46.1741600036621, -117.561798095703

Songbirds busily flutter and sing in the limbs above

BER005

Location: 46.1717185974121, -117.560302734375

Trail opens @ clearing; S canyon walls grow taller

BER006

Location: 46.1702194213867, -117.560600280762

R @ Y. This park is home to a large herd of elk (listen for bugles in fall)

BER007

Location: 46.1685905456543, -117.559761047363

Tucannon River comes into view below

BER008

Location: 46.1676216125488, -117.559303283691

Trail leads to Tucannon River; this shady section may be 5–10 degrees colder than @ trailhead. Keep extra layer handy

BER009

Location: 46.1678314208984, -117.560699462891

Turn R to follow Tucannon River downstream

BER010

Location: 46.1724510192871, -117.570602416992

Nearby stream drowns out your footsteps; stay on established trail

BER011

Location: 46.1759796142578, -117.578498840332

Optional campsite 20 feet above river banks; continue NW

BER012

Location: 46.1812705993652, -117.591697692871

Delightful campsite just E of Ruchert Camp near river. Return to car