Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Columbia Plateau Trail Cheney/Plaza

 This is a really pretty stretch of the Columbia plateau Trail that is accessed either in parking along the road on either side of the bridge on Cheney Plaza Rd or Parking at the trailhead on Cheney-Spangle and walking west for about 1 mile. I for years used to park along the very wide turn in at the north end of the bridge, not blocking anything and well back of the no parking signs, but an overzealous park employee decided to give me a ticket. They are canceling the ticket but still a lot of hassle. This portion of the trail is northern most part of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Walking west you pass a lot of large ponds, lily ponds and through some areas where there are high rocks on each side. At the 3.25 mile mark from the gate there is a rest room with a hitching post for those using the trail on their horses. This area is not paved, the gravel is pretty fine but it might be hard to ride bikes with narrow tires. 

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