Steamboat Rock Year Round Easy


If you leave early in the day for Steamboat Rock and Northrup Canyon, they both can be done in a day with ease. Steamboat Rock is the equivalent of one square mile of rock sticking up above the Columbia River's Bank's Lake about 400 to 600 feet along the Columbia River. This area is a state park with very nice campgrounds at its base. The hike up to the top of the rock is about 400 vertical feet on a good trail. Once on top, the decision on which way (left or right) is all you need to know until you get to the north end of the rock. There is a perimeter trail all the way around for views down to Bank's Lake. On the north end of the rock is an area you can look down 200 feet to the top of a tree that has been struck by lightning. A Bald Eagles nest is in plain view. Be sure to take your binoculars on this hike, because getting a close up view of the nest is wonderful. When you are at the north east corner of the rock, look NE over into Northrup Canyon. This is next on your hikes in this area.
To get to these areas, drive west on Hwy 2 to Coulee City's junction with Hwy #155. At the junction turn right (north) up Hwy 155 for about 16 miles to Steamboat Rock. From Steamboat Rock, continue up Hwy 155 for about 1.5 miles and look for the Northrup Canyon sign to the trailhead.


Cool things to see: Deer, views of Bank's Lake, & Northrup Canyon, Glacier Lake Missoula granite rocks, cliffs, eagle's nest and wildflowers.

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