Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tieton Nature Trail Hike

The Tieton Nature Trail is adjacent to Hwy 12, on the far side of the Tieton River, 3 miles west of the junction of Hwy 12 and Hwy. 410. This is an easy hike with impressive sheer canyon walls on one side and the Tieton River on the other. This trail and surrounding 10,000 acres are overseen by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Washington Dept on Fish and Wildlfe. The trail is open from March to December depending on the weather and is about 8 miles round trip. There are three bridges over the river which means three options for beginning the hike. There is a parking area across the highway from the Oak Creek Feeding Station,(milepost 183.5) parking at the Oak Creek Elk Feeding Station is not permitted. The trail is reached by walking across the bridge turning right and passing through the gate in the elk fence.

You will reach the suspension bridge after less than two miles. After crossing the bridge there is an old Quonset hut, this is the second parking area. Following the trail on the far side you will eventually come to the third "crooked" bridge. There is a wide spot on the highway near the slow vehicle turnout where one can park well off the road near this bridge. The bridge cannot be seen from the highway.

There is a possibility of seeing rock climbers in this area climbing the sheer rock cliffs called the Royal Columns.

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