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Friday Middle at Frenchman Coulee

Frenchman Coulee

See the schedule for start windows and course closure. EVERYONE has an assigned start time. Start times will be published on EventReg in March.

Map Information

Frenchman Coulee terrain is composed mostly of a relatively flat sagebrush covered plain bordered by rolling hills to the south. Bisecting the plain are Pleistocene aged flood channels carved into underlying basalt formations. Running the length of the channel are shale slopes and cliffs. The presence of these long linear features interspersed with shale slopes makes for challenging route finding while crossing the plain. Located within the limits of these channels are ponds, marshes and small waterways. The wet areas of Frenchman are often lined with dense vegetation creating a challenging traverse. Within the limits of the map are other navigable linear features in the form of old fence lines, creek beds, distinct reentrants and spurs. Point features consist of old equipment, knolls, hilltops and depressions. The flatter terrain to the east has trails and old roads for the younger runners to navigate as well as significant linear features to follow. While there are significant cliffs to the west, younger runners will be routed far back from these features. Courses at this venue are surprisingly technical and always fast.

Download a map of the area used at a previous event: Frenchman Coulee - Letter

Reminder that the map shows embargoed areas, and that possession of the map does not imply permission to enter.

Course Notes

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Course Distance Climb Controls
White 1.3 km 40m 9
Yellow 1.9 km 75m 10
Orange 2.5 km 100m 12
Brown 3.0 km 115m 14
Green 3.5 km 140m 14
Red 4.4 km 210m 17
Blue 5.0 km 260m 17
All controls at this event will be in "beacon" mode, so touch-free punching using SIACs (SI Air+ Cards) will be enabled. SIAC rentals are available. Standard SportIdent E-punches work like normal.

Site Map

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Getting There

A Discover Pass (Washington State Parks Pass) is required for parking. There is no way to purchase a pass on site! You can buy one ahead of time online or in person at some stores and parks.

Address / Coordinates:

Vantage Rd SW, 2.2 miles West of I-90. (47.02569, -119.96677)

From I-90 Eastbound (From Vantage/Seattle):

  1. Take Exit 143, East Silica Rd SW
  2. Turn left (North) on East Silica Rd SW. Continue 0.8 miles.
  3. Turn left (West) on Vantage Rd SW. Continue about 1.5 miles.
  4. Watch for orienteering parking signs

From I-90 Westbound (From Quincy/Spokane):

  1. Take Exit 143, East Silica Rd SW
  2. Turn right (North) on East Silica Rd SW. Continue 0.8 miles.
  3. Turn left (West) on Vantage Rd SW. Continue about 1.5 miles.
  4. Watch for orienteering parking signs