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Columbia Hills - She Who Watches Tour

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The She Who Watches (Tsagaglalal) guided tour is a  .5-mile, round trip hike on uneven terrain that offers views of Native American pictographs and petroglyphs. Tours are scheduled 9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 3 through Sept. 26. The purpose of each tour is to educate visitors and protect important cultural resources. Each tour is led by State Parks staff or volunteers and lasts from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Things to know:

  • The trail to the pictographs/petroglyphs is uneven and does not meet ADA guidelines.
  • Participants should wear footwear appropriate for uneven terrain.
  • The trail can be hot and has no shade; participants should be well-hydrated and bring extra water and sun protection.
  • Walking sticks are encouraged for those who may have a hard time hiking.
  • Photos and videos taken during the program are to be used for personal use only. A Washington State Parks Film Permit is required for photos and videos taken for any commercial use.
  • There are no restrooms at the trailhead. Restrooms are located near the campground.
  • Pets are not allowed on the trail.
  • Ticks, snakes and poisonous plants exist off the trail; stay on the trail to mitigate these risks.
  • The site is protected by state and federal laws. Scratching or writing on rocks can be a felony. Removal of artifacts or natural objects is also a crime. Rocks near the trail may have pictographs on them; please do not touch or pick up anything without guidance from the tour guide. If any objects are found on the trail, please point them out to your guide.
Discover Pass: $10 day or $30 annual Discover Pass is required for parking. There is a pay station in the parking lot where visitors can purchase a Discover Pass with cash or check.  An automated pay station that accepts credit cards is located at nearby Horsethief Butte day-use area.

For groups of more than 20, call (509) 773-3145 to schedule a tour (subject to staff availability). 

Meeting location: Registered participants for this hike should meet at the petroglyph parking area in the Horsethief Lake section of Columbia Hills State Park. Follow Horsethief Park Road down the hill. Go straight past turns for the ranger station, the day-use area and the boat launch. The petroglyph parking area will be a gravel lot on the left, just above the river.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel your registration, please call the park office at (509) 773-3145.

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