Wonderful Washington: Fall in love with The Feathers at Frenchman Coulee

Feb 6 2020, 12:46 pm

If you’re a rock climber, you’re probably quite familiar with one of Washington’s best-kept secrets: The Feathers at Frenchman Coulee.

Also known as Vantage, the geological wonder got its name from its resemblance to feathers planted into the ground. The flows of basalt were formed during the Ice Age and are just another one of Washington’s many natural masterpieces.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from waparks.org and parks.wa.govAlways remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

 

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Where is it? 

The Feathers are located in the Frenchman Coulee. They are part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Central Washington.

 

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How do you get there? 

From Seattle, Head East on I-90 over the Columbia River past Vantage, WA. Go up the hill and take exit 143. At the exit ramp, stay left onto Silica road under the highway, taking the first left onto Vantage road. You’ll come across parking in approximately 1.4 miles down the canyon.

What’s there? 

Climbers, climb on.

For those who don’t climb, we suggest camping right on the edge of the canyon, where you’ll get some great vista views. From the canyon, you have many options. Take a short hike to the waterfall, watch the rock climbers climb the basalt towers, or follow the road down to the Columbia River, where you’ll find multiple walking trails and a boat launch.

 

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