CHS - Just for Fun - White Bluffs, Hanford Reach & South Slope

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS - Just for Fun - White Bluffs, Hanford Reach & South Slope

EASTERN WASHINGTON WEEKEND - optional Friday hike led at a CHS1 pace!

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft


Towering white bluffs, massive sand dunes, pelican colonies, brilliant wildflowers, and the last free flowing nontidal section of the Columbia River all help make the Hanford Reach one of the most dramatic natural areas in the state. Follow a rudimentary trail across bluff tops and to shifting dunes. Survey a wild riverbank and a restricted area across the Columbia, where the atomic age was born.


White Bluffs, Hanford Reach & South Slope

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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