Frenchman Coulee Waterfall

An easy four-mile hike to a waterfall in the eastern Washington desert near Vantage. A great leisurely hike for naturalists and photographers.

on the trail

Along the north cataract at Frenchman's Coulee is a 100 foot low-volume waterfall left from the great ice-age floods along the Columbia River.  Tall basalt columns, steep cliffs, and raptors soar upwards.  Reptiles and other animal tracks are easily seen along the trails.  During the spring, many wildflowers grow along the coulee floor.  This is a location popular with bird hunters in the fall. Bring a trash bag to collect spent shotgun shells and other trash.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • 875 ft
  • WA DNR Moses Lake
  • USGS Babcock Ridge
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