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Steamboat Rock Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Electric City, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 869 ft Route type Loop

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Kid friendly

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Pay close attention to the surrounding area when you hike from the parking lot to the Mountain, there are plenty of deer that like to hang out under the few trees that offer shade. Also note that this hike is like walking on the beach. The first section of the trail is mostly sand. Once reaching the "climb" area, also pay close attention, although it looks like only one trail up, there is a trail almost directly next to the "most traveled" that offers a much easier access. Once you reach the top, you have the option to take the trail to the left or the right. There are quite a few trails to follow depending on what area you want to see, if you want to do a longer hike, you can make a day of it. Remember you are in rattlesnake country!

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Eric Higginbotham
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This was our favorite hike of the weekend. Once through the sandy part it gets pretty steep and rocky. We saw a few rattlesnakes so be careful and make sure to listen to your surroundings. Once at the top the view is incredible! The loop at the top is a little overgrown and was slightly difficult to see the trail. Saw some groundhogs and almost stepped in a giant red fire ant hill. Once done we jumped into Banks Lake for some a much needed cooldown. Fun hike and would do it again!

Natalie C.
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Jalyn Toolson
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Gary Michaud
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Hiking

Wow! What an awesome stop on my way through. Got here the first week of October. the peace spirit and overwhelming vibe from everyone was an oasis in the desert literally and figuratively. The deer was inhabit the park and aren’t shy. You won’t be disappointed.

Hannah Sconce
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Hiking

I love this trail! Not too hard, but definitely gets you warmed up! The trail is a little rocky at times and unstable so keep that in mind for little ones or inexperienced hikers. The views on top on a clear day are just amazing. Definitely be careful in the winter/early spring months as the ground can be quite muddy and slippery. :)

Tom Sayles
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

Nice fall hike. Gorgeous views from the top. Well worth the climb. Trail basically breaks down into five parts. First the approach. The actual trail head is across from the Dune campground. From there the trail climbs at a moderate slope through sagebrush. Next is the lower assent. This section of the trail begins with a scramble up a section of loose cobble size bassalt rocks. At the top of the scramble is a steep hard rock segment. There are plenty good footholds and it's not so steep as to require real climbing. Once through the hard rock, the trail opens up onto the middle assent section. The trail again climbs at a moderate slope through the sagebrush. The upper section of the assent is similar to the lower section with a loose rock scramble followed by another hard rock segment. After passing out of the upper assent the trail opens up onto the top area. The main branch heads off to the right and follows the rim around to the north end, the loops back to the assent trail.

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Allisa Schuller
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Hiking

Beautiful hike and beautiful views! Although, my husband and I are pretty experienced hikers/backpackers and thought this trail was pretty steep to be rated moderate. Lots of loose rocks that make coming down a bit harder compared to other trails. Also, be careful with dogs on this trail. Due to the loose rock, our dog scraped his paws quite a bit coming down.

Jarusha Kenyon
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Hiking

okay the view from the top is amazing however I would rate this as hard because it is straight up on loose rock. I'm fine with going up but slipped several times coming down. Hiking boots and poles would be helpful.

Nordic Troll
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BJ Marraccini
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HikingRockyScramble

Wow! What a beautiful trail to explore. Early start and the sun rays off the basalt columns and cliffs were gorgeous. Be sure to plan some extra time to explore the loops on top. You won’t be disappointed. The first 1/2 - 3/4mi is nice and flat, great warmup. Then there’s a pretty steep climb up the middle canyon through rock talus and dirt that will test your balance. After that, you can turn left to the true summit of steamboat Rock or turn right and go explore the north end overlooks. Be careful on your return, the steep slope is loose. Pick your steps carefully. Bonus Points: finish your hike with a swim in Banks Lake. Enjoy! Highly Highly Recommended!

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Devon Schweizer
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

View at the top is spectacular truly. But the way up is very steep and technically challenging in places with slippery scrambles.

Abigail Ronholt
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Very steep and unstable rocky area in one part, but after the first initial climb, it’s flat on top and very easily explorable. Would not recommend for a summer hike as the area is desert-like. We went late spring and it was beautiful! Earlier probably would have been better. We met other hikers who encountered a rattlesnake earlier in the day, but we did not see any. The views are well worth the effort, I would definitely go again.

Vince Moriarty
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Very pretty hike. Short distance with nice pay off. The initial incline might be difficult for some because it is comprised of loose rock and is steep. Coming down is actually a bit more challenging as you get sliding if you're not careful. The top is nice and flat and provides some nice views. Bring a sandwich!

Sara Jean
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Hiking

Completed this one winter 2017. Even with a foot of snow it was manageable for me and my little pup. The views from the top of iced over Banks Lake made any struggle we had well worth it. The deer kept us company the whole hike as well.

Elly West
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Hiking

Incredibly beautiful area! Most of your elevation gain is done in one spurt, which allows you to catch your breath for the rest of your adventure. I ran across three rattlesnakes in my short time at the top so please be mindful of your surroundings. I'd recommend starting early that way you have plenty of time to explore - there's certainly no shortage of places to go around here!

AMOS M.
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Hiking

...there is a short , steep section of lose rock to begin the climb that will deter some walkers .... but after that relatively easy walking with so much to explore atop Steamboat Rock..... surrounded by stunning views on all sides , plus the rush of inching along the vertical cliffs , this hike is a cant miss ....

Marilynn Turner
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Hiking

Very easy hike, lots of rocks but the incline is short and once your up there it is flat. The view is nice from the top and the hike is fairly short. It isn't a day trip but lucky for you you can do northrup canyon just a few miles down the road too.

Stephen Cashmore
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Fairly easy hike with incredible views. Would recommend checking it out if you're in the area. Climbing the scree slope at the beginning was the most difficult aspect of the hike, but perfectly manageable for most people even kids. Just be sure to have a good pair of supportive hiking boots as you can easily twist your ankle with the shifting rocks and especially if the rock faces are a little wet.

Glen Forward
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Hiking

Lots of loose rocks halfway up the top. My wife was afraid and didn't proceed. Pretty cool on top, massive grassy plain with great views of the lake and surrounding area. Note to self, if it's windy in the campground it's really really windy on the top, you'll probably need a wind breaker.

Molly Thiessen
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Hiking

Fun trail with beautiful view. Bring water and sunscreen

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