April 27-28 Steamboat Rock State Park Walks

The start location for all three (American Volkssport Association-sanctioned) walks is in Steamboat Rock State Park.  Steamboat Rock State Park is a 3,522-acre Washington state park located near the north end of Banks Lake in the Grand Coulee. The park takes its name from the landscape’s dominating feature, Steamboat Rock, a basalt butte that rises 800 feet above the lake which nearly completely surrounds it. (Wikipedia) For information about camping, fishing and other facilities, check the Washington State Park  website.

Start Time:  8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Finish Time: 5:00 pm (Saturday); 4:00 pm (Sunday)

Water and rest rooms are available at the start.  Please plan to carry water — despite the lake in the picture, this is a desert region.  We also recommend sturdy walking shoes and, if you are accustomed to them, trekking poles.

AVA credit is $3.00.  We will have “B” awards of previous Steamboat Rock/Grand Coulee patches available for discounted prices.  Free participants are always welcome.  All participants must register, carry a start card and return the start card upon completion of the route(s).

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Pets must be on leash and under physical control at all times. This includes trail areas and campsites. Pet owners must clean up after pets on all state park lands.

Driving Directions:  I-90: Exit #151 (Ephrata/Soap Lake).  Follow SR 283/SR 28 north through Ephrata to Soap Lake.  LEFT on SR 17N to US 2.  RIGHT through Coulee City following SR 155N about 22 miles to Steamboat Rock State Park.  Follow volkssport signs to parking lot at far end of campground.


Sanction# 113687
Distance:  11 km (6.8 miles)
​Rating:  3C
Walk on sandy and gravel road to summit of “Old Stagecoach Road” and to the old homestead in Northrup Canyon.  Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.


Sanction #113688
Distance:  10 km (6.2 miles)
5 km (3.1 miles)
​Rating:  2C
Walk sandy paths and asphalt roads along lower portion of Steamboat Rock State Park at the base of a butte and along Banks Lake.  Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.


Sanction # 113689
Distance:  10 km (6.2 miles)
​Rating: 1B
Walk on compact gravel trail along the Columbia River/Rufus Woods Lake below the Grand Coulee Dam with scenic views of the dam and surrounding area.  An ideal area for bird watching and viewing the occasional local wildlife.  Suitable for strollers.  Not suitable for wheelchairs.