Hike to Hawk Creek Cave

Washington Hawk Creek Trailhead

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Explore an ancient cave with expansive views of the Columbia River. See Hawk Creek Falls. Hike along a sandy beach. Distance: 5.0 miles round trip, 900 feet elevation gain.

The ancient rock walls, cave, and falls of Hawk Creek provide an unreal day hike experience! The best time to hike to Hawk Creek cave is early spring/summer before the water level of Lake Roosevelt is back to it's regular level by July. Any age explorer will be inspired on this adventure!

Drive to Hawk Creek trailhead (47.8109, -118.3104) and begin hiking on a well marked fisherman's trail through the pine trees. Take in the views of the creek behind you and the ancient rock walls through the canyon. When the trail tapers off, cut down to the beach and continue hiking on the sand for 2 miles. It is best to hike here in spring before the water levels rise and the beach is inaccessible. When you reach the end of the beach, take the game trail up through the canyon to the right. This trail becomes hard to follow up through the tall grass, but continue upward and onward toward the rock formation on the ridge above! When you reach the plateau, take a left and look for the large rock cave. Enjoy lunch in the cave and take in the views of the Columbia River! Return the way you came.

When you return to the trailhead, make sure to stop by Hawk Creek campground on your way out and check out Hawk Creek falls! We hiked here in late February and the falls were roaring into the turquoise pool. If you choose to stay overnight, the campground is open year round!

Our favorite place to stop on our way home is Edna's to get shakes and fries! Happy adventuring!

Pack List

  • Top ten essentials
  • Day pack with extra food
  • Hydration pack & extra water
  • Sand toys :)
  • Hiking boots
  • Poles
  • Camera
  • Camping gear (if you plan to stay overnight in the campground)
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

900 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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22 days ago

Hawk Creek Cave

Loved this gorgeous hike! It's glute workout up the hill, but well worth it. Take sometime to walk the sandy beaches of lake too!

22 days ago

about 1 year ago

One of my favorites

Even though I went on a rainy day, I loved being able to see a waterfall, hike barefoot on a beach, and hang out in a cave all in one afternoon! I also had a little trouble finding the right trail, but that just added to the adventure!

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Loved The Cave

Enjoyed the hike! There was a while when I wasn't 100% sure I was on the right track. Just stick to the beach until you can't anymore then head up the hill. Once you're up you'll spot the cave. Be careful of the cactuses once you're on the plateau near the cave. I think I liked the destination better than the journey on this one. Not big on all the sand walking, but loved the cave! It made it worth while.

about 1 year ago

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