West Foster Creek offers a restored shrub steppe environment for idle meandering, bird watching, or simply enjoying the out-of-doors. Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife have done much to restore this watershed to pre-grazing/agricultural management conditions.
From the trailhead parking double track descends into the Foster Creek Draw. This old road makes for an easy trail to observe wildlife and walk side-by-side. Several old, abandoned roads make a loop possible.
This area is most suited to idle wandering and exploring. This author wandered for a mile before returning. Ultimately the creek extends about ten protected miles to the Columbia River near Bridgeport. Signs of coyotes, deer, beavers, and waterfowl are evident. Springtime brings wildflowers and breeding ducks.
Today beavers have remarkably found this niche of wetness amidst a dry and unforgiving landscape. Slowly their influence of riparian zone building is growing this area for wildlife of many types.