Jeff Strickler

Category Archives: Outdoors

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls is the state waterfall of Washington state and an impressive site. Worth a visit if you are in the area. There are a number of these signs and it’s highly recommended you observe the warning. Palouse Falls is about a 90 minute drive from Spokane, Walla Walla, Pullman, and the Trip-Cities.

Minam Lodge

The new Minam Lodge ( opened this summer. Options for getting there include flights into its private grass airstrip, horseback, or an eight mile hike. The trip in on foot is a descent of more than 3000 feet. Definitely worth a visit. Barn is being renovated into an event space. Much of the menu is […]

Chimney Lake

A 5.2 mile hike from the Bowman Trailhead. Steady 4% grade. Good huckleberry patches around 6100 feet. Multiple established campsites along the way. Crossing Bowman creek. Depending on the time of year, this can be knee-deep. Great views toward the Hurricane Divide. Laverty Lakes. ┬áIn some ways it is prettier than Chimney Lake, but the […]

Aneroid Lake

Six miles, rise of 3000 feet. Trail heavily worn by horse traffic, day packers, and trail runners. Nice meadow and campsite opportunities at the 4.6 mile mark. More people than mosquitos so arrive early or miss out on a good campsite at the lake. One of many varieties of moths and butterflies seen on this […]

Legore Lake

Highest lake in the Wallowas at 8957. Trail from the Hurricane Creek trailhead to the cabin is poorly labeled, 6% grade, but clear. From the cabin, trail is straight up the hill, but easier route is to go right toward the creek and then to the boulder field. Trail disappears in the boulders, but proceeds […]

Francis Lake

9.2 miles, 3000 vertical feet, no people, way too many mosquitoes. On the way up: Marble Point: Francis Lake Huge boulder field at one end of the lake. Mother nature was mad when she made this country:

Maxwell Lake

Taken July 6, 2015 Taken June 19, 2016 – Amazing the difference a few weeks can make. We took a “scenic detour” to get around the snow. This marker is in such a remote location that if I were the guy that had to replace it, I’d be a lot more than $250 mad about […]