Exploring Eastern Washington

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Last weekend Ben, our dog Kai and I headed to the other side of Washington state for some hiking and camping. It was our first time exploring Eastern Washington. The landscape is so “Wild West” and completely different than Seattle. 

Here’s our trip on a map:

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Palouse Falls 

Our first stop was Palouse Falls, the Washington state waterfall. We camped overnight at the tiny state park near the falls, which has 11 campsites that are fairly close together. No showers at camp, but water and decent campsite bathrooms.

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Camping at the park was worth it to me for this 5:55 AM photo just as the sun rose over the cliff…

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Kai met some prairie dogs, mostly through the fence. He was VERY INTRIGUED.

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There were a lot of cool places to stop during our drive. My favorite place we stopped for a look was Dry Falls State Park. This view is right off the road:

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Steamboat Rock 

We camped at one of the primitive campsites at Steamboat Rock State Park. Our primitive tent campsite meant no drinkable water, but we snagged a spot that was more private than the more crowded areas in the park, which I consider a good trade-off. The primitive tent sites are first-come-first-served and a little bit of a drive past the main state park. It’s also good we planned on getting a primitive tent site because all the sites you can reserve ahead of time were full.

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We also hiked to the top of Steamboat Rock. The trailhead was a little confusing to find but it should have been obvious. (It’s right off the main State Park road.) I wish we had asked the park rangers at the gate to save us a little time figuring it out. I also wish we had brought trekking poles to help us on the climb down, which was steep and rocky. The views at the top were great.

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