Candy Point Trail (Coulee Dam Area)

  • Candy Point Trail (Coulee Dam Area)

Though only a 1.5 mile round trip this unique outing packs a wealth of history, engineering, wildlife biology, jaw-dropping panoramas, and a challenging cardiovascular workout (700’ of elevation gain) into its relatively short length. Once back on level ground you can round out your day with a walk through Grand Coulee’s quietly shaded historical district and the evening light show at the dam. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and revitalized by the local Rotary Club in 1991 the trail is instantly recognizable as a set of hand-laid stone steps leading sharply uphill from a well maintained lawn. Note the words ‘sharply uphill’ because the trail gains almost 700’ of altitude as it rises  through a narrow canyon and up to a distinct promontory which affords great views of the town, the dam and the ‘scablands’ beyond. Signage is excellent and you can make the outing into a 2.25 mile loop by following the trail around to the old railbed and back down to the town hall.

To find the trailhead drive north through Coulee City on Spokane Way to a merger with WA 155/Midway Avenue which you then follow for 2.1 miles to North Columbia Avenue where you will see the trailhead (sign) on the left. .

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