Great desert hike in Eastern Washington (near small town of Kittitas) and desert flowers are just starting to bloom.
|Sage Violet @ Alan Bauer|
|Miles to wonder @ Alan Bauer|
|More flowers @ Dennis Long|
|Elk @ Dennis Long|
Driving Directions: From Seattle take I-90 east and take exit 115.From exit 115. and off I-90 at Kittitas, go north over freeway. At 1.2 miles turn right at the stop sign. Veer to the left soon after onto County Road 81, and continue 1.2 miles total from the stop sign (2.4 miles from I-90) then turn right onto the Vantage Highway (SR 14). After 10.4 miles on the Vantage Highway pass the turn access to the Wild Horse Windfarm where you can go up to the visitor center after march 31st yearly. 1.8 miles past the entrance to the PSE wind farm (12.2 miles total from County Road 81) find the first access to the Quilomene Wildlife Area. However drive another 1.7 miles and turn left and this is the second access point to the Quilomene Wildlife Area. Park here, Discover Pass required (Dept. of Fish and Wildlife lands here).
Stats: You can wonder as far as you want on some of the roads with endless views.
Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.
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