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Day Hike - Ice Age Floods Field Trip to Eastern WA

Ice Age Floods Field Trip to Eastern WA

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12:01 PM at Vantage - Ginko Petrified Forest Interpretive Center
An outing primarily for Seattle Naturalists Study Group members (who automatically have leader permission). Others, please email virginiaTripp@gmail.com for permission. A 3 day (Fri-Sun) excursion to Eastern Washington, visiting Frenchman's Coulee, Palouse Falls, Lower Crab Creek, and other geological areas created by the Ice Age Floods. Join us for all or part of the weekend. Current Plans: * Friday: Meet at Noon in Vantage at Vantage - Ginko Petrified Forest Interpretive Center for a quick tour of the area.(2.5 hours from Seattle). Drive east through Crab Creek Coulee (Crab Creek,Sentinel Gap and Corfu Landslide) at the base of the Saddle Mountains. Lodgers stop in Othello and Campers continue to Windust State Park 1.5 hours from Othello. * Saturday: Meet at 10 AM at Windust Start Park. Visit Giant Ripples, Devils Canyon, Washtucna Coulee, HU Ranch Hanging Coulee and scarped hills on way to Palouse Falls State Park, arriving around 11:30 or so. (Bring lunch.) Hike about 3 miles round trip to top of falls. Continue drive southward to Lyons State Park and a 1.5 mile RT hike to Marmes Rockshelter overlook. Return to Windust State Park or Othello for evening. * Sunday: Meet at Frenchman's Coulee at 11:30. Leave Windust by 9 AM, or Othello by 10:00 AM. Hike to end of South Alcove Overlook Trail, overlooking Echo Basin Ice Age Floods plunge pool (1.5 miles RT). Lots of geology, flowers, and birds to see. Further details will be emailed to participants. Upon signing up, please send email to VirginiaTripp@gmail.com indicating whether you are planning to camp at Windust or stay in Othello. (Splitting your stay is fine.) Driving Times 2.5 hours Seattle-Vantage, 3.5 hours Seattle-Othello, 4.5+ hours Seattle- Windust Park or Palouse Falls State Park.
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