Hike of the Month: Escure Ranch and Towell Falls (Channeled Scablands, Eastern WA)

This hike through desert country comes alive in spring, when wildflowers erupt in a profusion of pinks, purples, and yellows while the landscape flashes varying shades of green. Start this hike at an old working ranch, now managed by the BLM. The trails here are old farm roads, undulating on hills overlooked by basalt formations. From the trailhead kiosk, it’s only 3.2 miles to TowellFalls, typically roaring with spring melt water. Look for signs of beaver activity in the aspen grove near the falls, but keep an eye out for moisture-loving poison ivy. Watch the surrounding hills for deer and coyote. Complete the trip by retracing your route. The adventurous may consider bringing map and compass to extend the hike cross-country to one of the nearby lakes on this 14,000 acre property.

Open to hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian use (trailhead corral available). Dogs okay on leash (this is rattlesnake country).


Getting There: From Spokane, take I-90 west to Sprague; take exit 245 and travel south on SR23 for 12 miles to Davis Road. Drive 6.8 miles, then turn left on Jordan-Knott Road. Continue 2.2 miles, then turn right into the Rock Creek Management Area, and travel 2.4 miles to the trailhead, picnic area, and corral.

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