Echo Basin at Frenchman’s Coulee

Primarily a rock climbing destination, the basalt scablands along the Columbia Gorge are host to some often overlooked early season hikes. This trail, which leaves the Old Vantage Highway in the Quincy Lakes Wildlife Area then heads into Echo Basin is a sandy gem in the spring as delicate desert flowers poke their heads out of the sand. It’s best to hike it near sunset when the shadows start to get long and the rock reflects the day’s warmth back down into the basin of the box canyon.

Total distance: ~1.6 miles (2.57 km)
Time: 19:39:02
Camera: Insta360 one x2 5.7k reframed 16:9

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