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Steamboat Rock Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 14 May 2015
Location: Eastern Washington
Roundtrip: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 650 ft
Highest Point: 2250 ft
GPS Coordinates: N 47 51.837 W 119 07.305
Visitor’s Information:

Discover Pass Required

Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour along this gorgeous trail! The views are fabulous!

Photo from Washington State, Eastern Washington
General Information:

Steamboat Rock Trail is a perfect spring trail, it is only 2 miles long (one way), but the views that it offers are stunning.

Steamboat Rock is a massive basalt formation near Banks Lake that is located 700 feet above the waters of the lake. The flat top of the “basalt island” opens fabulous views of the lake and the surrounding of the Steamboat State Park.

Photo from Washington State, Eastern Washington

Steamboat Rock has been used a landmark for many years. Indians, further traders and other expeditions travelled through this place. The rock was formed during the Great Missoula Floods and was surrounded by the waters from the Grand Coulee Dam.

This is a very scenic hike that starts at the parking lot and takes you to the plateau on the top of the rock. Enjoy wildflowers along the trail before it gets steep. When the trail gets steep, be attentive and watch your steps. Though it will be difficult, especially if you are lucky to see gorgeous deer! Look at their perfect stature!

Photo from Washington State, Eastern Washington

Well on the way to the top, enjoy the views and beautiful balsamroot and sagebrush. Here the trail splits, but both ways will bring you to the top.
The next section of the trail provides fabulous views if you look down, crystal waters of the lake and the prairie scenery around.

Enjoy your time on the top, have a sit and bask in the sunshine before you head back to your car.

These pictures were taken in April, 2015


From Ellensburg

Drive east on Interstate 90, look for exit 151 (State Route 283), signed "Ephrata/Soap Lake." Drive through Ephrata. At Soap Lake, take a north turn on State Route 17. Drive through Soap Lake and keep driving to SR 2. Turn right onto SR 2. In 4.2 miles, merge onto SR 155. Turn left into Steamboat Rock State Park.

GPS Coordinates: N 47 51.837 W 119 07.305

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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