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Wallula Gap - East

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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3.5 miles of trails


Gain: 428 ft.
Highest Point: 783 ft.


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These trails provide a multitude of multi-season hikes of varying difficultly. The reward is great views of the Columbia River and the geology of Wallula Gap from the east side of the river. Two loop hikes are listed below. Please be aware of private property in this area. 

This trail begins just to the right of the interpretive sign at the site, and leads directly up the left-hand draw. You'll hike to the head of the draw from which a trail to the left leads to the top of the north bluff.

The hike up the draw is strenuous but worth it, since it leads to spectacular views of the river and the channeled scablands to the east, as well as views and further hikes to the north toward the current mouth of the Walla Walla River and the present town of Wallula. While hiking north, it’s possible to head down a draw to the Columbia River and to return to the parking area along the river trail, making a loop.

The north leg approach is moderately steep for about 150 feet, though total elevation gain to the top of the bluff is about 300 feet. The south leg is easier but requires completing the loop to get on top of the bluff. The loop trail crosses a barbed wire fence in two places. The lower valley crossing has a post ladder, but the upper crossing requires crawling under the fence.

Like the north loop option, this trail also begins to the right of the interpretive sign at the site, and leads down into the right-hand draw, and then up a trail on the right side of the draw providing easy access to the lowest bluff to the south.

From there this trail also provides access to the taller bluff overlooking it, views from which include the wind turbines erected on Whitman College’s Braden Farm to the east and the intervening scablands, as well as an easy path along the bluffs overlooking the river and the Twin Sisters monument.

This loop is about two miles, but the extension adds about a half-mile each way. On the east edge of the loop trail is a barbwire fence that can be easily crossed.


Wallula Gap - East

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.0515, -118.9364 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Walla Walla County

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes – Washington (Bauer & Nelson

The Mountaineers Books 2004)

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (Landers & Romano

The Mountaineers Books 2014)

Where the Great River Bends (Carson

Whitman College 2008)

Hiking Washington’s Geology (Babcock & Carson

The Mountaineers Books 2004)

USGS Wallula

Getting There

The trailhead is 1.4 miles west of the Wallula Junction (the intersection of Highway 12 and highway 730) on Highway 730. Wallula Junction is approximately 20 miles south of Pasco and 27 miles west of Walla Walla on Highway 12.

The trailhead is at a small gravel parking area on the west side the highway and marked by a large sign placed there by Walla Walla 2020.


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