Eastern Washington

Northrup Canyon

Length: 6 **mileage is round trip miles
Low Point: 1750'
High Point: 2300'
Season: All Year
Scenery: 4/5

Difficulty: 3.5/5

Submitted by: David Luders


Drive to Mile Marker 19 on State Route 155, about 10 miles south of the Grand Coulee Dam area. Look for the "Northrup Canyon Road" sign, and drive east (uphill) about 1/2 mile to the trailhead parking area.

Trail Description

Northrup Canyon is an easy, 6-mile-roundtrip hike just east of Steamboat Rock State Park. Drive to the trailhead, and walk among towering rock cliffs. The first half of the hike is along an old roadbed to the old Northrup homestead and ranger's quarters. The second half is slightly more difficult along a well-marked trail to Northrup Lake. This hike is good for children, and is perfect during the winter and early spring when the high peaks are snowbound.

I hiked this trail with my Boy Scout troop in mid-March. The last remnant of snow was melting in the deep shadows, and the sunshine reflecting off the canyon walls warmed the air nicely. We packed a lunch and ate on a bluff overlooking Northrup Lake. We saw somebody catch a nice Rainbow Trout.

At the northern end of the lake, there is evidence of a forest fire that swept through the area. It only burned the underbrush, and the trees remained virtually undamaged.

We stopped at the Bald Eagle viewpoint near the parking area, but didn't see anything in mid-afternoon. Consider hiking up nearby Steamboat Rock too if you have time.


This was a fantastic hike! Gorgeous views, wildflowers, and interesting geology. I didn't see or hear any rattlesnakes, but my Aunt's dogs got COVERED in ticks! I also got one in my hair, so watch out for ticks!
2008-05-28 14:03:53
We absolutely loved this hike. It was beautiful! And we did not see one rattlesnake.
2006-05-30 10:57:06
whoever said it had rattlers is right, i went with my husband in july and we saw 3!
2005-01-31 16:08:45
this trail is absolutely infested with southern pacific rattlesnakes......not so good to take the children, they are EVERYWHERE!
2005-01-31 16:06:53