Spent the weekend in Central Wa this past weekend in the Douglas Creek area. Great area to check out if you have never been. Trails are tame (watch out for the sage brush) with lots of wide open areas to explore and water crossings. The main canyon seems to be where the crowds are at so if you want prime camp sites, it may be best to get there before the weekend starts (not sure that would guarantee a main canyon water location).
Arrived late on Saturday after taking Hwy 20 from Whatcom County and spent a couple hours in Winthrop. It was mostly open with food and ice cream to be had (public restrooms were open as well). We entered on the south end and found that all of the prime spots seemed to be taken, however we were headed out to a different area anyway. After following our trail for a couple of hours and it was getting close to dark, we arrived at a canyon to find that we might make it down to the bottom to probably not be able to make it out. So we set up camp in the open with a view overlooking the fields. There was a mild breeze so we decided a camp fire probably was not the best idea. This spot ended up being great with views of the terrain and absolutely nobody around. We had miles to ourselves.
Waking up on Sunday, we skipped breakfast to get a jump on the trail and try to find ourselves a canyon spot with water. The next spot we had scoped out ended up being way to overgrown with brush to get into and we did not bring our brush clearing gear (oh well, maybe next time). After turning around and getting some lunch we headed back into the main canyon and as we were headed out we found one of those prime looking water spots open. Snagged the location and enjoyed the hours of relaxation and hanging out with good company.
We headed home on Monday over Hwy 2 through Leavenworth and stopped for some sausage and beer. The town is open and are doing their best to accommodate the social distancing. Orders were to go and beer was served in Mason jars. The main street was blocked off to traffic and was set up with tables for people. The trip was a much needed getaway.
This is an area I will for sure spend some more time in again in the future!
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