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Sage-country hike near Odessa picturesque, tick-free

Basalt rock formations near Bob's Lakes on the Lakeview Ranch property managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management near Odessa, Wash. (Rich Landers)
Basalt rock formations near Bob's Lakes on the Lakeview Ranch property managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management near Odessa, Wash. (Rich Landers)

HIKING -- I made some footprints on the BLM's Pacific Lake/Lakeview Ranch near Odessa on Wednesday. The 40-degree day was perfect for hiking this dry country studded with magnificent basalt rock formations.

The area's signature end-to-end hike is featured in my guidebook, 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.

Downside to hiking this week: The wildflowers are not yet blooming.

Upside: The tick's aren't active.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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