This summer the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is taking visitors on geological and historical tours of the region. Tours depart from the museum in the morning and return by 5 p.m.
♦ May 4, Moses Coulee Tour: Ken Lacy will lead a tour of the Moses Coulee and the Waterville Plateau. This tour will discuss the science and Native American oral history of the rock formations created by the ice age floods. The tour bus departs the museum at 9 a.m. The tour includes an overview of the floods and stops at Chief Moses Council Cave, Three Devils, Haystack Rocks and Chief Joseph Rest Stop.
♦ June 1, Grand Coulee Tour: Brent Cunderla will lead a tour of the Grand Coulee ice age floods tour loop, beginning in Soap Lake and continuing north to Lake Lenore Caves, Dry Falls Interpretive Center, Sims Corner, Electric City, Banks Lake, Northrup Canyon, Coulee City and Summer Falls. The tour departs at 8 a.m. An overview of the floods and Soap Lake’s unique waters will be given.
♦ July 13, Wenatchee Valley Tour: Brent Cunderla will lead a tour from Wenatchee to Leavenworth that highlights the different rock types and geologic processes that occurred over the last 100 million years. The Wenatchee Valley is unique in that all three major rock types — igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary — occur here. The bus departs at 9 a.m.
♦ Sept. 7, Wellington Railroad History Tour: On March 1, 1910, the deadliest avalanche in North American history swept down the snowy Cascades, burying two trains and killing 96 people. Randy Dasho will lead a guided tour of the Wellington site. The bus departs at 9 a.m. The final stop is the interpretive site at Wellington, where participants will have lunch and take a half-mile walk around the area of the disaster.
♦ Sept. 14, Quincy Basin Tour: Ice age floods using the Grand Coulee and the Upper Crab Creek drainages filled the Quincy Basin at a rate up to 16.5 million cubic meters of water per second. This tour, led by Ken Lacy, explores the incredible erosive consequences of the floodwaters escaping the Quincy Basin, via Lynch, Potholes and Frenchman Springs Coulees. The tour bus departs at 9 a.m.
♦ Oct. 5, Lake Wenatchee Tour: This geologic tour is led by Ken Lacy in the Leavenworth area. The tour heads up the Wenatchee River valley to Lake Wenatchee. The guided tour looks at everything from Chumstick sandstone to the glacial features from both the Icicle Creek and Lake Wenatchee glaciers. The tour bus departs at 9 a.m.
Cost is $45 or $40 for museum members. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information on all upcoming tours, please visit wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/bus-tours or call 888-6240.
Ashley Sinner is the outreach/public relations coordinator for the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.