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Palouse to Cascade Trail, Easton, WA
July 2022

The Pacific Crest Trail is probably the more famous trail that transects Washington, but there is also the Palouse to Cascade trail that starts from King County and continues all the way to Idaho mainly following the I-90 corridor. It is an old railroad line, which makes it a relatively easy trail (wide with gentle ascent/descent). It's a great trail for bicycles, horse back riders, and hikers.

Needing a quick and easy nature fix, we decided to try the trail starting at Easton and hiking back toward Snoqualmie pass. The first 1/4 mile out of Easton, wasn't very scenic - getting out of the rural town to Lake Easton. The trail never provide grand views of the surrounding foothills or the Yakima River, just peek-a-boo views through dense stands of ponderosa and douglas fir. But there was plenty of bird song and calls, even in July. Yellow-rumped, Townsends, Yellow and MacGillivary's Warblers sang from the treetops and riparian thickets. We spied the flashes of yellow Western Tanagers amongs the pine needles. From the bridge that crossed Cabin Creek, we spied a fledgling Cedar Waxwing being fed and Northern Rough-winged Swallows gliding above. Swallowtails and fritillaries flitted over a dense meadow of blooming globe gilia. The trail side was dotted with the occassionally blooming Columbia tiger lily, self-heal, Oregon sunshine, and paintbrush, a good mix of eastern meadow and western forest wildflowers.

Despite the lack of grand viewpoints or high bird density, we still had an enjoyable day hiking along the trail. It is a trail I'd look forward to trying different parts of in the future.


Pictures (click on thumbnails to enlarge)

MacGillivary's Warbler sings from the trail side

Band-tailed Pigeon
Common Nighthawk
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
hummingbird sp.
Spotted Sandpiper
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Cassin's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Nashville Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Mule deer
California ground squirrel
Douglas Squirrel
Flowers in bloom
American speedwell
Cascade penstemon
Common monkey-flower
Cow parsnip
California false hellbore
Oregon Sunshine
Grand collomia
Harsh paintbrush
Lupine sp.
Miner's lettuce
Columbia tiger lily
Red columbine
Little prince's pine
Spotted coralroot
Sticky cinquefoil
Globe gilia
Slender bog orchid
Orange honeysuckle
Western tiger swallowtail
Pale tiger swallowtail
fritillary sp.
Azure spring
Mourning cloak
Anglewing sp
Clodius parnassian
Persius duskywing


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