Day Hike - Frenchman Coulee


Day Hike - Frenchman Coulee

Interested in taking photos of rock climbers? Love photographing interesting rocks and landscapes? Join us on this trip to photograph this and more on this trip to Vantage! Photographers of all skills welcome!

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  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph or slower with frequent stops

Meet at the 65th St. Park and Ride (Green Lake) at 6:00 AM in the northmost end of the parking lot. Look for a white Chrysler Seabring.

Carpooling is highly encouraged since parking can get quite tricky at this popular spot!

We will be carpooling on this 2.5 hour drive and should arrive around 8:30 AM or so.

Note: If you plan to get close to the rocks to photograph up at the climbers, you will need to bring a protective helmet!

Once we arrive, we'll touch base with the climb leaders so that we know where to set up without getting in the way.


Around 10am, we'll pack up, drive to the Wild Horses Monument and hike to the top to take close-up photos of the horses (less than 1/2 mile round trip, but steep, so take trekking poles!)

Note: Since we'll be heading west on a divided I-90, we'll have to drive past the Wild Horses stop, find a place to turn around, then drive east to our destination.


We'll stop in Vantage and find a picnic area to eat our lunch before we  depart for home, concluding the field trip.

Be sure to read the required equipment!


Frenchman Coulee Waterfall

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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