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The hike begins at the old wooden bridge crossing the huge flow of Rock Creek. Views up and down the creek from the vantage point of the bridge are stunning. After hiking the road through the ranch buildings, the road branches out at the gate (keep the gates closed, please). Both forks of the road/trail merge again at about 1.5 miles into the trek, but the right-hand road leading north proves the more scenic.
In about 0.5 mile after cresting a hill, the path bends to the west for the start of a magical mile of hiking through miniscule canyons surrounded by basalt mesas and cliffs, all reflecting in the numerous small lakes and ponds and marshes through here. It is awesome!
Next you'll move out into a broad prairielike region. At about 1.5 miles from where the trails merge, you'll reach a Y junction with a road coming in from the north and another from the south. Keep hiking straight along the south trail, passing more and more flowers. Pass another jeep track on the left, and at the second trail on the left, follow it to hike west, then south for as much as 2 more miles, where you'll reach the western boundary of the BLM land.
Retrace your steps back to the Y junction and head north on the right branch. At any trail split over the next 3 miles, always stay right to complete a loop that takes you up past the lovely Turtle Lake area. When you reach the road you came in on, follow it the 2.5 miles back to the ranch house area and the trailhead.
From Vantage, drive east on Interstate 90 toward Spokane and take exit 245 for Sprague. Turn right off the freeway and drive 8.1 miles south on State Road 23, passing through the town of Sprague, to Lamont Road. Turn right on Lamont Road and continue 2.6 miles until the road veers left and turns into Revere Road. After 8.3 miles (0.2 mile after crossing the Milwaukee Corridor railroad grade) turn right on Jordon--Knott Road. Drive 2.2 miles on Jordon--Knott Road and turn right into the Rock Creek Management Area (BLM). Cross over the cattle guard and drive 2.5 miles to road's end to park by Rock Creek and the Escure Ranch site.
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Escure Ranch,Towell Falls — Apr 29, 2005 — RDEshadow
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I wanted to see how much I could get done on the trails south of the small town of Sprague, WA. I w...
I wanted to see how much I could get done on the trails south of the small town of Sprague, WA. I was eyeing trails #82 thru #87 from the Desert Hikes Washington guidebook. I left home at 6:15am with a favorable weather forecast for most of the day. After arriving in the area around 7:30 I parked just off the road under the bridge across Rock Creek and started hike #86. Lots of different birds I saw and heard along this jeep trail that follows the curves of Rock Creek for much of the way. A female Northern Harrier was hunting just over my head and I watched her for several minutes. I somehow missed the track that would lead me up on top of the highland area to my right so I followed the jeep trail way past where I should have gone (according to the guidebook) and ended up at a wood/steel bridge across Rock Creek.