[Tweeters] Fwd: RFI - Windy Gap

Matt Dufort matt.dufort at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 16:14:09 PDT 2019

Mitchell, Lonnie, et al.

Windy Gap is a fascinating spot, right on the line between King and
Kittitas counties. It's in the same general area as Naches Pass /
Government Meadows and Kelly Butte, which are all also worth visiting.
Windy Gap itself is right on a forest service road, and can be accessed in
a normal passenger vehicle during the summer months when the road is not
snow-covered. There may be rocks on the road and slightly rough spots
along the way, but it's definitely manageable.

Directions: from Hwy 410, about 2 miles southeast of Greenwater, turn east
onto FR 70 . Follow FR 70 for about 8 miles, and turn left (north) onto FR
7030 (aka Whistler Creek Road). You will soon cross a bridge over the
Greenwater River. Continue following FR 7030 for about 4 miles, staying on
the main line and ignoring smaller side roads, until you hit a T
intersection with FR 7036. Turn right onto FR 7036 (turning left would
take you towards Kelly Butte). Follow FR 7036 for about 3.5 miles to a
flat open area where a smaller road goes off to the right. This is the
south end of Windy Gap, and where I usually park.

This whole area is great for birding, including FR 7036 before you reach
the gap itself. I've had the best luck along the main road, and on the
ridge north of the parking area. Walking north from the parking area
you'll hit a ridge with lots of dead trees, with the main road running
around its east side. You can walk straight up the ridge, or follow the
two disused roads that run along the crest and west side. All of these are
great for sparrows, warblers, bluebirds, finches, etc., and there are often
birds flying over or along the ridge itself, especially in fall. For
county birders, the crest of the ridge itself is the King/Kittitas county
line. The road that leads south/southeast from the parking area is also
quite good (though it runs into Kittitas County).

If anyone has additional questions, feel free to email me directly.

Good birding,

Matt Dufort

On Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 1:58 PM Mitchell Von Rotz <biglou22 at gmail.com>

> My apologies, I reversed the order of my email, its vonrotzm at yahoo.com.

> My gmail address is perfectly fine too.

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

> *From:* Biglou22 <biglou22 at gmail.com>

> *Date:* Jul 10, 2019, 11:33 AM -0700

> *To:* Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> *Subject:* RFI - Windy Gap


> Hello Tweeters, I have been curious about the reports from Windy Gap over

> the years. I can’t seem to find info in the Birder’s Guide to Washington,

> all the areas seem to border but not discuss it. If I am just missing it I

> would appreciate hearing which section it is in. Otherwise, if any one has

> any details they would be willing to share I would be happy to learn. For

> instance I see on google that it’s right on a forest service road, can this

> be driven up to the spot, is this a hike? Do I want to follow google and

> use NF-70 off of 410? Thanks in advance for any help. You can reply off

> this thread unless you think it is something others would want to know as

> well.


> Mitchell Von Rotz

> mvonrotz at yahoo.com


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