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Beezley Hills Preserve

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee
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Length

2.3 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.

Rating

2.30 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Beezley Hills can boast silence and solitude like few other locations in Washington can. Apart from occasional air traffic or the distant sound of farm machinery, the breeze rustling through the shrub-steppe and bird song will rule the day. Wildflowers will abound with an April or May visit while a late summer trip will encourage you to visit earlier or later in the day to beat the afternoon heat.

From the entrance to the preserve at the stile across from the radio tower turnoff, find the Monument Hill Trail, an old rocky two-track. While a loop trail may once have been here, it no longer exists, and to get another perspective, you'll have to return to the beginning.

Your first route is short. Turn to the left (southeast), and a path will lead you across two high points along the ridge. After the first high point, you’ll see the trail continue in the distance to the second.

The views this way are sweeping. As you arrive at the second ridge top, you’ll see an orchard prominently at the bottom of the draw and the town of Quincy in the distance. From here, there is the faint remainder of what may have once been a loop trail, but the track will fade after a few hundred feet.

Return to the beginning of the trail, and now staying to the right, which leads to another split in the trail after just a few hundred yards. Staying left at this split will loop back around to the main two-track to head along the eastern ridge. A right here will lead you along the remnant of wide track. This winds gently down along the more western ridgeline, sometimes with a switchback or hairpin turn climbing briefly back up.

While the remains of a berm remain fairly visible and navigable along most of the way, this trail is very overgrown and after about two miles leads you to a private orchard that you’ll see in the distance as you wander along the path. There’s no obvious loop trail connection to return via the other ridge. Please practice good trail etiquette and respect the surrounding private property.

 

Beezley Hills Preserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3186, -119.7998 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

The Nature Conservancy

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Department of Naturalal Resources (DNR) Moses Lake

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Getting There

From Quincy, take Highway 28 towards Ephrata. After about 0.8 miles, turn left on Columbia Way SE / Road P NW. The road name changes along the way to Monument Hill Road NW and 3 miles from Highway 28, the paved road ends.

Drive 4 miles on the gravel road, and arrive at the intersection marked by the left turn to the radio towers. The entrance to the preserve, signed “Nature Preserve – Foot Travel Only”, is on the right. There is space for about 3 cars in pull-outs along the road and there is no privy or water access.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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