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Northrup Canyon Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 15 May 2015
Location: Eastern Washington
Roundtrip: 6.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 384 ft
Highest Point: 2134 ft
GPS Coordinates: N 47 51.960 W 119 04.950
Visitor’s Information:

Discover Pass Required

Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour along this gorgeous trail! The views are fabulous!

 Photo taken from the Northrup Canyon Trail, Eastern Washington
General Information:

Northrup Canyon Trail is a well-known and popular trail near Steamboat Rock State Park. It’s a real paradise for those hikers who love not only hiking, but also wildlife watching. Here you will find beautiful wildflowers, breathtaking views, different representatives of flora and fauna as well as birds that love this place. It’s a great place to experience something new and interesting.

 Photo taken from the Northrup Canyon Trail, Eastern Washington

Northrup Canyon Trail is a 6.2-mile trail (roundtrip) that climbs into the canyon and represent the only native forest in Grant County.
This area was settled by the Northrup family in the late 1800’s, but it has always been a shelter for people and animals. Hikers can still find an old house along the way and other artifacts of the long history of the area.

Photo taken from the Northrup Canyon Trail, Eastern Washington

As we have already mentioned, the trail runs along the forest where hikers will find shelter and shade as well as they will be able to enjoy Douglas-fir, different kinds of pines, etc. This forest is home for a great number and variety of birds.

Photo taken from the Northrup Canyon Trail, Eastern Washington

The most well-known are bald eagles that can be seen here from the middle of November to the beginning of April, these birds can be seen among the walls of Sheer Rock and on the trees in the forest. More than 200 of these fabulous and free-loving birds come here every year in winter. The best time to view the birds is the second part of the day (from 2 p.m. till dusk).While the path takes you to the canyon, look for woodpeckers, grouse, quail, swallows, sparrows and flickers. Enjoy their beautiful songs along the way. At the end of the trail, there is a treat for every hiker – a crystal and refreshing lake.

These pictures were taken in April, 2015


Take I-90 to exit 151 (SR-283) signed "Ephrata/Soap Lake." Drive through Ephrata and turn north at Soap Lake onto SR-17. Continue about 20 miles and turn right on SR-2. In 4.2 miles, you'll come to a Y junction. Stay straight to merge onto SR-155. At 18.8 miles from the Y junction, turn right onto the Northrup Canyon Natural Area. Continue 0.7 mile to the trailhead.

GPS Coordinates: N 47 51.960 W 119 04.950

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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