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Timberwolf Mountain
This former fire lookout offers panoramic views of the east slope of the Cascades. Spruce forest, subalpine meadows, and wooded draws dominated by aspen and alder are home to mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, blue grouse, and a variety of songbirds. Mountain goats caper on the rocky ridge below th...
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Chief Joseph Wildlife Area
Description: The Nez Perce tribe once wintered in this deep, intricate chasm along Joseph Creek and Grande Ronde River to take advantage of the warmer micro-climate on the canyon floor. Today, the towering rock formations, steep grassy slopes, and riparian habitat support an incredible diversity of wildlife. Mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk browse here. Golden Eagles soar over the streams and prairie falcons perch on the rims. Upland birds include mountain quail and chukar partridge; also watch for mountain and western bluebirds.

Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife viewing is best in spring. High probability of seeing mule deer along Joseph Creek and in irrigated farmlands. Look for elk in winter, when they migrate down from the Blue Mountains. Raptors are seen in spring and summer. Quail can be seen along Joseph Creek; Chukar partridge are ubiquitous. Bluebirds migrate here in spring. Parking and other facilities are limited. Roads and jeep trails are open for foot or horse travel. Primitive camping.

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Ownership: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 
Size: 9000 acres 
Closest Town: Asotin

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Mule Deer - photo by USFWS
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Chief Joseph Wildlife Area : Wildlife Viewing Area