Frenchman Coulee is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quincy, Washington and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is a nice simple walk up a coulee near the Columbia River. It was nice to be on the dry side of the state and watch the rock climbers scale the cliffs.

hiking
19 days ago

nice hike and waterfall. sandy trail as well.

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rocky
26 days ago

More like a walk, very sandy in places. Not many people around so it was nice to get out in nature safely for a while.

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scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Pretty waterfall at the end, sunny, plenty warm, a few flowers. Other nice hikes nearby.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

This is a super area for rock climbers and the casual hiker. Not flat but a good all around hike with exceptional scenery. The area encompasses multiple trails and places for folks to hang out by the Columbia River or climb rocks. We’re going back

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful day hiked to falls .

hiking
3 months ago

It was beautiful. Went out yesterday from about 2-6, and had the whole trail to myself. Took my time climbing some of the scree, and sat for a while by the waterfall. Caught the sunset above one of the parking lots on a trail on the other side of the road. Stunning basalt cast in a full moon. Trail was dry except for one muddy spot. Have to hop across a creek. The trail is rocky, sandy, and somewhat on a screw field. No snow or ice. The road coming in is traversable with any vehicle. Just watch the road, because there’s a massive cliff face.

running
4 months ago

No snow, ice, or mud on the trail today. It was a balmy 55 with plenty of sun and wind. I was the only one on the trail which I did as a run and it was perfect. Beautiful scenery and plenty or area to explore around this trail if it is not enough for you!

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snow
4 months ago

Super fun to come here and see the frozen waterfall !

hiking
7 months ago

Always a great hike through the desert. Saw a huge coyote up on the side in the rocks. Luckily he was going away from us and stayed that way.

hiking
7 months ago

We had a beautiful fall day to hike. Started at the trail head on Vantage Highway, walked east in Frenchman Coulee to the waterfall that was flowing abundantly. Crossed the waterfall and headed uphill back to Vantage Hwy. On the road we went east about a quarter mile then south to the trail that runs east-west (at this point it is only a few hundred feet from road). This trail goes west and passes several climbing spots including the large rock near the parking area off Vantage Hwy. Kept going west along the ridge separating Frenchman and Echo coulees, fabulous views. More climbing spots along here. Then we dropped down along the south side of the ridge to the level of Echo Coulee, very close to the parking area. These trails are all shown accurately in dashed lines on the map. The main trail from parking area to waterfall is pretty flat but the views of the cliffs are nice.

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rocky
9 months ago

Took a couple wrong paths before finding the trail. It’s a rocky hike with areas of sand getting closer to the waterfall. Did not complete this one...looked like the trail went up the waterfall and around. Did not have the correct shoes for the end part of the hike before turning back around. Did make it to the waterfall and brook. No shade but had a great breeze and beautiful scenery.

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rocky
9 months ago

The weather was cooler than usual (69-75) for mid-August and we started early but it really heats up in the canyon. We brought a gallon of water and our dogs drank it all but still dragged. Best hiked really early when there's still shade! On the plus side, plenty of water still coming over the falls and even some wildflowers. Easy hike aside from lack of shade.

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bugs
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Mon May 27 2019

Nice easy hike. Lots of wildflowers. We went on a cloudy stormy day so it was actually quite nice but I could imagine on a sunny day would be hot. Lots of mosquitoes at the base of the falls.

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Sun May 12 2019

Nice hike. Trail was easy to follow. No shade at all. Waterfall is slightly technical to get to, but easily with it. The views are worth going up the hill past the waterfall.

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rocky
Mon May 06 2019

Dope little trail! Well traveled forks into different paths but all lead to the fall. If you stay right you’ll see a couple vehicles that fell over the cliff...a little morbid but sobering to see what happens to a vehicle in that situation. Fall is nice, it’s small nothing like bridal veil falls or Snoqualmie but the cool thing about it is it’s home to dozens of bright green swallows? And jet black birds that sort of “dance” in front of the falls...very hot and no shade so hydrate!!! Bring water with you and pedialyte is amazing for hydration! All in all good little hike with almost no elevation. Now, off to drop the paddle board in the river!

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