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Day Hike - White Bluffs - Hanford Reach - North Slope

White Bluffs - Hanford Reach - North Slope

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  • Sat, Apr 9, 2011
  • Seattle 20-30 Somethings
  • Day Hiking
  • Adults
6:00 AM at 65th St P&R
Time to kick off spring with an annual tradition! Come enjoy one of the most unique hikes in the state in Washington's SUNNY and WARM desert! The Hanford Reach/White Bluffs area is a desert - complete with sand dunes - alongside the Columbia River across from the Hanford nuclear reservation. Don't let the proximity to Hanford fool you, as this is a beautiful hike through a desert that features abundant wildflowers, wildlife, birds, sandstone bluffs, and of course that magnificent river view. Even Hanford across the river is something of a curiousity. This hike is officially about 4 miles in length but the length does vary depending on the whims of the group. In past years we've explored the sand dunes as well as the area down by the river, where we usually see more interesting wildlife. Elevation gain from the cars to the dunes is a few hundred feet, and from the bluffs down to the river another few hundred feet, so elevation isn't really a factor here. We start early (leaving Seattle around 6am) as it is around a 2-3 hour drive to the trailhead and we need to get there early enough to avoid the hottest part of the day. After we explore the desert and dunes, a dip in the river is likely at the nearby boat launch. From there, we'll head back to Seattle with a dinner stop. Expect to be back in Seattle in the evening - not too late, but I wouldn't make evening plans either. Leader will arrange carpools at the 65th St P&R.; Contact leader for additional questions (email preferred).
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