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Potholes Wildlife Area - Dunes Ramble

Last modified May 13, 2010 02:54 PM
moseslake-sanddunes2This is desert hiking at its best--a lovely trail (a fisher trail turned into a great hiking trail) that bobs up and down over little dunes for miles. As you walk through the sand dune environment, enjoy expansive views to the south overlooking the heart of the Potholes area--miles and miles of water surrounded by miles and miles of sand dunes.

The trail leads due south out of the turnaround area along the top of the dune on which you parked. As you begin your walk, you'll immediately enter a garden of wildflowers--wallflower (yellow), yellow bells, and fern-leaf desert parsley cover the ground and are especially lovely when seen beneath the willow trees along the water.

At about 1.5 miles out, follow the trail down to the edge of the water. If you are an angler, bring a rod and reel and you might catch crappie, bluegill, bass, and/or perch in the murky waters. Indeed, you can often catch fish with your hands--the panfish love the sun-warmed shallows and frequently get trapped in isolated pools as the reservoir levels drop. During low water, you might see fish skeletons scattered across the sands--the local raptors and coyotes make quick work of the trapped fish.

From this fishy area, head east for another mile or more and encounter dunes that roll on seemingly endlessly. Turn around after playing in the sand dunes for a while.


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