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Colfax Trail

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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6.2 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 260 ft.


4.00 out of 5


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This trail runs along an old railroad grade through a scenic area just outside of Colfax. It is a Whitman County Park and nature preserve. Being a railroad grade there is virtually no elevation change so it's a nice walk for those who just want to saunter along a river bank and enjoy basalt cliffs and occasional wildlife. It's a quiet trail and accessible year-round. 

At the three-mile mark the trail dead ends where a bridge across the river no longer exists. A tunnel is visible on the other side but you'll have to wade the river to get there. 

The last 150 yards to the trailhead is best to walk when the road is wet as there is no gravel and Palouse mud is nothing to trifle with. 


Colfax Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.8906, -117.3837 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Whitman County Parks

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Getting There

Take WA-26 west from Colfax for 0.7 miles; just after crossing the bridge over the Palouse River, make a slight right onto gravel West River Drive. Follow it for 0.6 miles past an RV storage lot and the gravel mining operation to the gate at the end of the road, which marks the parking area. Note: signs indicate Whitman County Park property but say nothing of the Colfax Trail.

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