Frenchman Coulee

MODERATE 28 reviews

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.

4.8 miles
259 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



rock climbing



8 months ago

Very fun hike. Feels like you're in Arizona and not Washington State. Shouldn't be ranked as moderate but do pack good amount of water. Best part of the hike was seeing a rattlesnake.

9 months ago

It was a good change from a typical Washington hike. Almost felt like I was at grand Canyon for a while. It's a pretty easy hike, almost no elevation gain. We spotted a fox during the hike and while returning back were almost attacked by a rattlesnake on the trail but thanks to its rattling we were able to avoid an accident. I would recommend hikers with kids to be extra careful at this hike as it is a very secluded place and might be a difficult to get any help.

10 months ago

It's an easy beautiful hike. Not sure why it's rated as moderate. Not at all difficult for novice hikers or small children. Dogs allowed. No water for dogs until the end of the trail.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

An easy winter hike with a payoff of a frozen waterfall.

Monday, November 07, 2016

great to just make your own path to the falls

Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful scenery! Be sure to pick the season you go because I went in early Sept. & the waterfalls were either small or bone dry.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Followed the driving directions and made it without any problems. Pulled into a parking area off the side of the road. We could see many rock climbers around and making their way up the feather columned rocks. It would have been cool just to sit and watch them but realized this wasn't the spot to park for the hike we wanted to go on. Continued down the road just a little bit further and there was a parking lot with a pit toilet and trailhead. Discover Pass is required and there is no pay station or day fee area.

I had two boys with me, 11 and 12 years old. They had fun climbing around the large rock formation just into the trail. There were a few trails to take. We went on a couple. They are easy and no major inclines or obstacles. Trails don't really lead to too much. On our way back it started to rain and there was no where to take cover so we quickly headed back to the truck.

We had seen the waterfall on the right when had come in and decided to go check it out. We waited out the rain and was rewarded with a double rainbow.

Places to park on both sides of the road. There were even a couple campers on the coulee side. There's no trailhead sign for getting to the waterfall. We just found a way down and headed towards the fall. Even for the end of the summer there was a good amount of water coming down and it was so beautiful and refreshing on a sunny day. (apparently there is a geocache out there, too)

rock climbing
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

absolutely magnificent climbing and vista

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Absolutely our most favorite hiking location.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

By far, our most favorite hike in the whole world. We love Frenchman coulee, the area is beautiful and there are so many different directions to hike. You like flat easy trails? Perfect, go to the sand dunes. You like to do a bit tougher hikes? Perfect, go the opposite direction and go climb some steep ass hills. Seriously, I can't speak any higher of this location, it is our most favorite place to hike.

rock climbing
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Awesome place, takes you back in time. Truly awe inspiring!

Monday, April 14, 2014

amazing views
one of the beautiful trails in
Eastern Wa. check for details of this trail

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Giving it 3 stars only because whomever manages the land seems oblivious to all of the garbage that has been thrown off of cliff edges. There are old cars, refrigerators, lawnmowers and a plethora of unnamed items mostly along the road edge but a lot of junk on the opposite side of the coulee. There aren't supposed to be any motorized vehicles in the coulee but we were passed by a kid and his girlfriend driving a utv up to the falls. We told a ranger later but they have to see them before they can ticket them. Other than those two gripes, its a beautiful coulee. We hiked it in late march and there weren't any wildflowers yet unfortunately.

rock climbing
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The trails are all pretty well marked, especially on the plateau between the camping areas and the climbing walls. Some of the trails along the walls are a little dodgy, passing close to the edge of cliffs or through shale fields. One recommendation is to always go up and over to get to and from the walls; we went down and around once, which involved a lot of scooting and a fantasy of riding a big shale slab as a surfboard down the hill.

rock climbing
Sunday, June 09, 2013

Well worth the effort with one anchor point on the east side of the heavily used trail. Very difficult climb :) not for beginners

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Wonderful views, moderate to difficult need to be careful spotted a couple rattlers along the way. Lots of fun a must hike

Monday, August 27, 2012

A well-worn trail connecting most of Frenchman's climbing faces. It isn't an easy walk--with slippery, rocky uphill climbs and sections where you will have to squeeze through and climb over rocks. But I suppose anyone planning on rock climbing shouldn't have a problem! Be sure to visit Air Guitar and pay your respects to climbing legend Kropp.

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