Wahatis PeakA remarkable high point, showcasing the beauty of the Columbia River and the impact of the Potholes Reservoir on the surrounding agricultural land.https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/wahatis-peakhttps://www.wta.org/@@site-logo/wta-logo.png
Wahatis Peak is the high point on the Saddle Mountain ridge between the Hanford Reach and the Potholes area. The 360 degree views are spectacular. On the map, this peak appears to be the end of a road versus a trail, but the road is so rough and treacherous (even with our high clearance vehicle) that we walked the last mile to the summit and thought most people would agree with us.
What is most remarkable about this highpoint is the beauty of the Columbia River and the impact of the Potholes Reservoir on the surrounding agricultural land: Vineyards adjacent to sagebrush and cherry orchards adjacent to wildlife habitat.
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.
Take I 90 to Vantage and turn south on Highway 243. Then go east on 24 SW. On your atlas or map, you will see a dirt road heading north just north of where Lock Island is located on the Columbia. The dirt road heads up to a "Wildlife Viewing Area" on the map. Take that dirt road and when you arrive at a T junction, go left or west and this will take you just below the ridge line. Park when the road gets too steep and walk to the high point which is 2696'. Several cell towers share the summit.