Frenchman Coulee

Frenchman Coulee, Quincy: Address, Frenchman Coulee Reviews: 4.5/5

Frenchman Coulee
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Jerry L
Snoqualmie, WA106 contributions
Watch out for rattlesnakes!
May 2021 • Couples
Fabulous views of the Columbia River and volcanic terrain that make up Eastern Washington. In exception to other reviews, there were no climbers and only a few hikers. Most importantly, there are new restroom facilities at the end of the road, as well as part way to the river that appears to be a major camping area. Can be quite windy!
Written 26 May 2021
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annak78
Bellevue, WA35 contributions
Keep driving until the end
Apr 2021 • Couples
Wowza. We drove here at sunset on a whim to see the basalt columns. Those were cool but super crowded, so we kept driving. I'm glad we did. If you go to the end, you'll be able to make it all the way to the river. Drive back has breathtaking views of the cliffs. Highly recommend!
Written 4 April 2021
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WeAlwaysWAnder
Olympia, WA3,031 contributions
Camp on a "Canyon" edge
Mar 2019
Just off I90 in Eastern WA at Vantage. This is primarily a rock climbers base camp, but also serves well for a great overnight stop where you can camp right on the edge of the canyon, get in some nice vista views, & a short hike to a "falls". You will share this spot with other campers, busy even in winter. One note about access, the entrance to this camping area has some pitch to it. Better suited for high clearance vehicles, and brave souls in truck campers......
Written 23 November 2019
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hrengli
Quincy, WA3 contributions
Breath taking
Jun 2018 • Couples
Beautiful scenery of the basalt rocks. Fun to watch the rock climbers climbing the basalt towers!! Follow the toad down to the Columbia river where there are walking trails and a boat launch.
Written 6 August 2018
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Helen C
Renton, WA737 contributions
"Feathers"
Apr 2018 • Couples
These basalt pillars look like feathers and have climbers over them. This formation isn't far from the Columbia River after you have turned onto Vantage Rd. Vantage Rd has views of interesting basalt formations, but I loved "Feathers" the best. No restrooms here.
Written 15 April 2018
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Jimmarker
Quincy, WA62 contributions
Beutiful site
Jul 2017 • Friends
Very interesting site of our geological formations in this area. We were in a tour group led by a quite knowledgable guide Ken Lacy and that was a priceless journey as a result!
Written 1 April 2018
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Jennifer H
6 contributions
Great Walk
Mar 2018 • Family
We did this walk today with our two little kids. Nice walk with a waterfall at the end. Easy and flat.
Written 3 March 2018
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scoleman2017
Vantage, WA9 contributions
Looks like the End of the Road...or You can't get there from here...
May 2017 • Solo
Frenchman’s Coulee is accessible by taking the Old Vantage Highway toward the Columbia River from the east side. Exit I-90 at Road U and head north around the “S” curve and take the first left turn down the hill. Before completion of Wanapum Dam, visible downstream from the current Vantage Bridge, this old road was the main highway linking Spokane and Seattle. The road simply continued into the river once the water level behind Wanapum Dam was raised. The old Vantage Bridge was disassembled and moved, and most of the old town of Vantage was moved up the hill so as to not be flooded when the reservoir was filled. Additionally many native artifacts were re-located and preserved at the Ginko Museum in Vantage. In Feburary of 2014, a crack was discovered in Wanapum Dam, consequently the river was lowered 27 feet to reduce stress on the dam. During this time of reduced water levels, Grant PUD installed an improved boar ramp at the end of the road. Frenchman’s Coulee was largely “undiscovered” until the mid to late 1980s. Locals would use the old road as a boat launch but other than that, few people ventured down this road. About halfway down the hill and visible from the road are a series of basalt columns standing upright and resembling a row of huge rock arborvitae. These are known by rock climbers as “The Feathers”. This area has seen continual increase of visitors for the past 20 years or so. The grasses and shrubs receive very little precipitation and are quite sensitive to disturbance due to sandy unstable soil and hot dry summers. The disturbed plants die resulting in increased erosion. Somewhere around the late 1990s, cables were installed to reduce access to “off-road” areas due to increased use, erosion and litter in the area. Soil erosion by wind has increased in the area due to increased use, even with the reduced access. Tents and people can be seen all through the area during warmer months. People camp in cars, vans, campers, trailers, RVs and pack-in and pop-up tents all through the area. Its “primitive” camping, so bring what you need. Please stay on trails as much as possible and be careful with all burning material. Wildfires are hot, fast and devastating in this area and the dry grass is easily ignited. There are no garbage cans, no toilets and no running water at “The Feathers”. There is a concrete vault toilet at the end of the road. Please pack out all cans, bottles, etc. to prevent more cabled restrictions being installed. If you are into rock climbing, you probably know of the area, if you do not climb rocks, there are many prettier areas with less human use and less degradation due to over-use. The Quincy Lakes area is close by and both Sun Lakes and Steamboat Rock State Parks are relatively close with reduced human impact and more diversity, and better scenery. As always, watch for rattlesnakes in the area.
Written 21 February 2018
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Chris K
Seabeck, WA299 contributions
Great views with numerous trails.
Oct 2017 • Couples
On the road to the gorge amphitheater, small parking lot. Mostly rock climbers practicing on the monolith rocks. Wonderful easy trails to Vista's of the Columbia river, waterfalls and coulees. Just off I-90. Nice for an afternoon stroll.
Written 26 October 2017
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Scott P
Newberg, OR660 contributions
A Must for Those Interested in the Missoula Floods
Oct 2017 • Couples
Astonishing vistas here in this gem of a descent into and out of a coulee. This area was inundated over and over by the immense floods that carved this area, and the fact that one can drive along the coulee to the river is a great way to appreciate this. The old state highway from the Columbia River is the route you take, and it leads to a very nicely appointed boat ramp. Climbers abound on the rim basalt columns.
Written 22 October 2017
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