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Justus S.
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PostFri Sep 13, 2019 5:56 pm 
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Went out on Thursday to check out some of the Eastern Washington wildlife areas via the green dot roads. These areas are vast, lovely sagebrush hills. Areas I checked out are Oak Creek, Wenas, and Whiskey Dick. I barely scratched the surface of these areas.

I started my day going to Oak Creek. I went over via hwy 410 so I made a stop along the road and did the walk around Tipsoo.

Rainier from 410
Rainier from 410
Tipsoo
Tipsoo

At Oak Creek I went up Bethel Ridge. I didnít drive all the way up to the ridge. I stopped around 2800 and then road walked to where the road crests the ridge.  After exploring Bethel I did a short walk across the street from the wildlife center along the Teton River.

Oak Ck Bethel
Oak Ck Bethel
Oak Ck Bethel
Oak Ck Bethel
Oak Ck Bethel
Oak Ck Bethel
Teton Rvr Oak
Teton Rvr Oak
Teton River
Teton River

From Oak Creek, I drove over to Wenas Valley to go up Sheep Company Rd to access the Wenas Area. I went up Roza Ck then up Buffalo Rdg. This section of Roza Ck burned recently. I stopped on Buffalo Rdg before it heads up the hill. I walked the road to the summit of Gracie Point.

Up toward Gracie Pt
Up toward Gracie Pt
snake skin
snake skin
Yakima Canyon
Yakima Canyon
Roza Ck area burn
Roza Ck area burn
Roza Ck burnt sagebrush
Roza Ck burnt sagebrush
miles to explore
miles to explore

After Wenas I drove through Yakima Canyon, (watch out for the Bighorns along the hwy) then to Vantage to check out Whiskey Dick. Unfortunately, it was basically near sunset when I got there. I drove a bit of Pump House to watch the sunset on the windmills and catch the moonrise.


Fun day. Didnít really see any wildlife but birds.

Note these areas may get busy once hunting season starts soon. Roads aren't car friendly you want some clearance. I was fine in my Rav4. Discover Pass required for these areas.
Green Dot Roads WDFW maps link
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PostFri Sep 13, 2019 9:06 pm 
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Nice scouting and shots.  up.gif
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PostFri Sep 13, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Very nice pictures !   Thank you for posting.   Been a while since iíve been to that side so itís nice to see!!

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