What can I do in the Spring? (Part 3-visit Eastern Washington)

Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit Eastern Washington, where starting around now it tends to be sunnier and warmer than the Puget Sound area (however it is colder at night, so take note if you’re camping!).

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Outskirts of Walla Walla on a sunny March day

If you want to keep it a short trip without overnighting, it’s just a little under three hours to get to Yakima, which has wineries, biking options and some great canyon hikes

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Umtanum Canyon

Umtanum Canyon near Yakima is an easy and interesting hike anytime of year, with a creek, an old orchard, and an abundance of birds. Another beautiful hike in the same area is Cowiche Canyon, which you can hike or bike all year, and there’s a winery to visit part way along!

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Well signed spur trail to the vineyard and tasting room along the Cowiche Canyon trail.

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Columnar basalt in Cowiche Canyon

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Vinyard in early spring

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She is working to earn a living outside and by sharing her beautiful and unique Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.