If you're used to tight, tree-lined trails through (often-dripping) evergreens, it's time to enter an entirely different world: the high desert of central and eastern Washington. It's desert, yes-but not the Lawrence of Arabia kind. This landscape of sagebrush and rimrock canyons is starkly beautiful and rich in plant and animal life. It offers mild temperatures in fall, prime wildlife viewing in winter, and an explosion of wildflowers in spring. Some of these hikes follow designated trails; others guide you along the contours of the land for a more individual experience. Alan L. Bauer and Dan A. Nelson first teamed together to write Best Loop Hikes: Washington.Bauer, Alan is the author of 'Best Desert Hikes Washington', published 2004 under ISBN 9780898865370 and ISBN 0898865379.