Frenchman Coulee Tour

Total Miles
2.9

Elevation

412.98 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Most travelers explore the south side of Frenchman Coulee and completely overlook the solitude of the north side. The spur trails lead you to various vantage points along the coulee rim. Each of those spurs lead to potential dispersed campsites right on the cliff edge. The far west side of the route has an amazing view of the Columbia River. Be sure to read up on the amazing geological history of this area, from the great Columbia Basalt lava flows, later to be washed out by the ice age floods, creating the coulee you see. Unfortunately, this area has been used as a place to dump trash, so some areas are less pretty than they should be. If camping in this area, be prepared for high winds of 30 mph or more, which is quite common. With the wind, also comes dust.

Photos of Frenchman Coulee Tour

Frenchman Coulee Tour
Frenchman Coulee Tour
Frenchman Coulee Tour

Difficulty

This is an easy trail, and can be traveled with a passenger car if you're careful.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

Brandon Eberhardt
Apr 13, 2024
4x4
Permanently Closed
Posted Private Property
Heavily Barricaded with Natural Material
Locked Gate
The trail is blocked at the north end by privat property. The lower east/west portion is still accessable to the point and back, but all off shoots north are gated/blocked. Lots of trash so assuming it was due to dumping. Road is rough but airing down for comfort helps.
Phil Jamora
Apr 06, 2024
2011 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Normal
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Main route is okay. Plenty of spur trails to explore for campsites. Use caution when driving down spurs as there may be larger/sharper rocks and larger ledges to drive over/navigate.
Tad Rex
May 28, 2023
4x4
Open
G S
Apr 07, 2023
4x4
Open

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