Vantage is primarily a destination for rock climbers, with the fascinating rock formations of the Gorge making for a great challenge to those wishing to hone their belaying skills. But nearby Frenchman Coulee allows hikers to enjoy the same surroundings with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
The trail is short, but it provides a nice view of the columnar basalt and a seasonal waterfall. Proceed from where you parked your car to the gate at the north end of the tiny parking lot, where you can see a dirt path that leads downward and is otherwise out of sight. Please do not block the gate as it leads to private property.
Head down this road to the base of the wall that juts out of the valley floor. In spring, a waterfall may being flowing down the tall wall. Flowers festoon the area near the water, though a variety of blossoms accompany you the entire length of the trail, and keep you company on your way to the waterfall and back.
- 4.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 200 feet
- Highest Point
- 1,000 feet
Hiking Frenchman Coulee
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.0259, -119.9805 Open in Google Maps