Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area is a 14.8 mile loop trail located near Pasco, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Wilderness area comprised of ancient sand dunes in eastern Washington near the Columbia river. Deep in the heart of the dry, desert country of the lower Columbia Basin sits the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area, the only Bureau of Land Management wilderness in the entire state. Covering just 7,140 acres, it is also the only wilderness area in the state to be completely enclosed by barbed wire--put there not to keep the animals in but to keep the motorcycles and ORVs out. Fortunately, the wire works and the deer and coyotes can leap over or under the wire as they please. The Juniper Dunes Wilderness exists as an oasis of natural wonder just a few minutes drive from the urban sprawl of Pasco. The only trail in this wilderness is an old jeep track that slices across the southern end of the small desert preserve, but no trails are needed here. To experience the wonders of this place, simply disappear into the sand dunes and juniper groves.
Not a bad place. Very, very tough to find. Recommend a GPS and a 4WD high clearance vehicle is pretty much a must unless you want to dredge 2.5 miles through the sand. The vegetation and scenery are definitely awesome but the noise of the off roaders is also pretty much constant. Will I go back? Probably. Not quite the same as the Cascades though.
This wilderness of sand dunes is an unusual find amidst the agricultural properties all around. Once you're in it, you are really away from it all. Bring lots of water as there is none to be found out here. The road in to the parking area can be rough in a low clearance vehicle.
Just west, accessible from Peterson Rd, is a huge off-roading area with great sand dunes and sage brush all along the trails. No shade or water, but great views.