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Columbia Plateau Trail - Snake River

Central Washington


Central Washington -- Tri-Cities
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6.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 750 ft.


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The southern terminus of the Columbia Plateau surveys the stark, scalloped Snake River country of southeast Washington. Pioneer John Mullan scratched out a wagon road here in the middle of the 19th century; the rail line sometimes runs on top of the old wagon road, sometimes paralleling it, offering an added bit of history.

For a pleasant stroll for all ages, follow the east shore of the Snake River and admire anglers—both avian and human—at work in the shadeless landscape. Most foot travelers turn around at Burr Canyon Road; beyond here, the railroad ballast begins to bear down on hikers’ boots.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The gravel here is somewhat loosely packed.

Columbia Plateau Trail - Snake River

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.3905, -118.6804 Open map in new window


Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods (Bruce Bjornstad - Keokee Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walla Walla

Getting There

From US 12 near Pasco, take the Kahlotus exit. Drive the Pasco--Kahlotus Highway about 24 miles before turning right onto Snake River Road. Drive down the steep, winding Snake River Road through McCoy Canyon. At 28.8 miles, stay straight at the junction to reach the end of the road (5 miles from Pasco--Kahlotus Road). Park by the railroad grade trail or down by the river at the Snake River junction. No facilities are available here.

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