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Old Wagon Road Trail

Central Washington > Grand Coulee
47.8657, -119.0833 Map & Directions
Length
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
550 feet
Highest Point
2300 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
Lupine near the Old Wagon Trail. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed

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From the same trailhead as Northrup Canyon, the Old Wagon Road Trail heads high, rather than into the canyon. Begin on the same trail as that to Northrup, but after just a few hundred yards, look for a trail branching off to the south. There's a sign where the trail enters the trees, reading 'Old Wagon Road Trail'. Do note that this trail is closed from November to March to protect bald eagle nesting habitat. Continue reading

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Hiking Old Wagon Road Trail

From the same trailhead as Northrup Canyon, the Old Wagon Road Trail heads high, rather than into the canyon. Begin on the same trail as that to Northrup, but after just a few hundred yards, look for a trail branching off to the south. There's a sign where the trail enters the trees, reading 'Old Wagon Road Trail'. 

The trail climbs the side of the south canyon wall. In many places, it crosses slopes of loose rock. Along the way, you'll enjoy a myriad of wildflowers, including larkspur. 

Climbed until you level out at the top of the canyon wall. Here, the trail turns completely back, about 0.9 miles from the trailhead. It becomes faint, heading west, towards an overlook of Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock, but be sure to have navigational skills here — other hikers have lost the trail from this point.

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Old Wagon Road Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.8657, -119.0833 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Wildlife closure: This trail is closed from November to March to protect bald eagle nesting habitat.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Take I-90 to exit 151: SR-283 signed "Ephrata/Soap Lake." Drive through Ephrata and turn north at Soap Lake onto SR-17. Continue about 20 miles and turn right on SR-2. In 4.2 miles, you'll come to a Y junction. Stay straight to merge onto SR-155. At 18.8 miles from the Y junction, turn right onto the Northrup Canyon Natural Area. Continue 0.7 mile to the trailhead.

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Trailhead

Central Washington > Grand Coulee

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods (Bruce Bjornstad - Keokee Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake

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