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BLM opens Escure Ranch road to Towell Falls

PUBLIC LANDS — The gate has been opened temporarily at Escure Ranch to allow motor vehicles to drive the road less than three miles into Towell Falls, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Spokane office has announced. 

The 14,000-acre BLM Rock Creek Recreation Area site south of Sprague is the realm of hikers and mountain bikers for most of the year, but the road is opened to the scenic falls in the window between the winter and spring mud season and the fire-danger season, which starts sometime in June.

BLM spokesman Steve Smith said:

The Towell Falls gate is now open at BLM's Rock Creek Recreation Site, and that Towell Falls Road has been very recently mowed.  As usual, the gate will remain open until we decide there is too much risk of wildland fire ignition for vehicle travel to continue on that road.

BLM bars traffic to Towell Falls at Escure Ranch

PUBLIC LANDS — Increasing fire danger has prompted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to close Towell Falls Road in the Bureau of Land Management Spokane District’s Rock Creek management area to motorized traffic for the summer.

The Rock Creek management area, better known as Escure Ranch, is about 20 miles south of Sprague Washington in Whitman and Adams Counties.

The 3.2-mile dirt road into the Towell Falls area of Rock Creek remains open to hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.

Info: (509) 536-1200.

Kayaker claims first descent of Towell Falls

PADDLING — Brian Jamieson claimed the first kayak descent of Towell Falls Saturday in the BLM's Rock Creek/Escure Ranch area 20 miles south of Sprague

The proof is captured here by photographer Michael Kinney (Tag Ur it Photography).

Escure Ranch, Rock Creek waterfall in top spring form

PUBLIC LANDS – This is prime time to visit the BLM’s Escure Ranch area south of Sprague. The scabland area is green, Rock Creek is flowing nicely over Towell Falls, wildflowers are blooming and the cheatgrass hasn’t turned brown and full of spears.

Read on for details from my weekend reconnaissance.