Mileage: .4+ miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 150/1300ft
Favorite Eats After Hike: Pack A Cooler
8/2014 Just like my pledge to finally visit the Gingko Petrified Forest, I made a stop at the Wild Horses Monument to see in more detail what I have glanced up at every time I drove to Eastern Washington and beyond.
I just headed straight up from the parking lot but there is a trail that goes around to the right and is more gradual. It is a short climb up to the iron sculptures and a gorgeous view of the Columbia River.
It was fun to walk around the horses, captured in their different poses as they run the summit.
You can tell the hill sees a lot of people, plenty of garbage and graffiti, unfortunately. It also looks like you can wander a bit back further on the hill if you have time.
Check it out the next time you head to Ancient Lakes!
Directions: From Ellensburg, drive east on I-90 past Vantage. Shortly after crossing the Columbia River and before reaching the Gorge, take exit 139.
Turn right and follow pavement 0.5 mile to the large parking lot which accommodates about 25 vehicles and a couple of buses. No parking pass is required. As of this writing, the parking lot features no amenities.
Note: There is no corresponding exit for westbound traffic. The Vantage and Gorge exits (136 and 143 respectively) can be used to loop around.