Steamboat Rock

There's a place in the Central Washington Desert called Steamboat Rock -- what a lovely name!

It's a massive rock peninsula jutting out into a lake just south of the Grand Coulee, and I hiked up to the top of it one evening last weekend.

Here are some pictures:

Yes, it looks massive, but it really isn't that hard to get up to the top. There's a trail that while admittedly steep at times, can probably get you up in around half an hour. Like most steep trails, coming down is the tough part because you'll worry about slipping and falling.

Yes, it looks massive, but it really isn't that hard to get up to the top. There's a trail that while admittedly steep at times, can probably get you up in around half an hour. Like most steep trails, coming down is the tough part because you'll worry about slipping and falling.

Wildflowers were in full bloom. April and May are good times to visit the desert, when the flowers are out and it's not too hot.

Wildflowers were in full bloom. April and May are good times to visit the desert, when the flowers are out and it's not too hot.

The top of the huge rock is a plateau that looks much smaller from the bottom. I spent more than an hour walking leisurely around its circumference, and taking in the gorgeous view of the little rocky islands dotting the lake and the desert canyon landscape.

The top of the huge rock is a plateau that looks much smaller from the bottom. I spent more than an hour walking leisurely around its circumference, and taking in the gorgeous view of the little rocky islands dotting the lake and the desert canyon landscape.

This shot shows part of the plateau, but if you squint really hard, you'll also see a herd of deer. My phone camera doesn't have a great zoom, but I counted 25 or so deer when I was there. I've never seen a herd of deer out in the wild before, so it was a real treat to just observe them.

This shot shows part of the plateau, but if you squint really hard, you'll also see a herd of deer. My phone camera doesn't have a great zoom, but I counted 25 or so deer when I was there. I've never seen a herd of deer out in the wild before, so it was a real treat to just observe them.