Included in the following are a number of field guides which have been prepared for use by members of the Ice Age Floods Institute. Most IAFI members are non-geologists and the guides have been developed with that in mind. The information contained in those field guides has been contributed by the authors as a service to the Ice Age Floods Institute, but usually has not been subjected to the peer review process and should not be cited for scientific purposes. The list is provided to give people interested in the Ice Age Floods information about the field guides that have been prepared and the areas they cover. To find out about the current availability of a particular field guide, contact the President of the local chapter.
- A Field Guide to the Loess Deposits and Channeled Scablands of the Palouse Area; Eastern Washington- Fryxell; R. and E.F. Cook; eds.; 1964; Washington State University Laboratory of Anthropology Report of Investigations No. 27; 32p.
- A Self-Guided Tour of the Geology of the Columbia River Gorge- 2004; Norman; D.K.; and J.M. Roloff: Portland Airport to Skamania Lodge; Stevenson; Washington ; Open-File Report 2004-7; Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources; Washington State Department of Natural Resources; Olympia; Washington.
- Channeled Scablands of Southeastern Washington; A Roadlog via Spokane-Coulee City-Vantage-Washtucna-Lewiston-Pullman- Webster; G. D.; V.R. Baker; and C. Gustafson; 1976; Geological Society of America; Cordilleran Section; Field Guide No. 2; pub. by Washington State University; 25 p.
- Cheney to Palouse Falls - Field Guide- 2006; Kiver; E.; D. Stradling; B. Bjornstad; and L Stoess: Ice Age Floods Field Trip; Field-trip guide for the Cheney-Palouse Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute; May 6; 2006; 50 p.
- Clark Fork Ice Dam and Glacial Lake Missoula Floods- 2005; Breckenridge; R. and R. Lewis: Field trip guide for biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute; Sandpoint; Idaho; May 14; 2005.
- Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip Guide- DeKay, L. and T. Hurd, 2015; A guide book to accompany IAFI-Columbia Gorge Chapter semi-annual field trips through the Columbia River Gorge. The central Columbia River Gorge is like a storybook of the past 40-50 million years, and we open and read from several chapters of that book in a 10 hour bus/walking tour of a 40 mile section of the Gorge between Cascade Locks, OR to Columbia Hills State Park, WA. As we turn some of those pages and take a glimpse into the incredible geology and more of the Columbia River Gorge, we will reveal many secrets that are hidden right in plain sight.
- Columnar Basalt Field Trip- Learn about columnar basalt as we explore outcrops at Frenchman Coulee and Drumheller Channels. Leader: Nick Zentner - CWU Geology. 4.7 Mb field trip guide
- Evidence of Willamette Basin Flooding Resulting from Cataclysmic Missoula Ice Age Floods- 2005; Buser; M. (compiler): Field trip guide for biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute; October 1; 2005; Geology Field Trip Series; Lower Columbia Floods Chapter; Ice Age Floods Institute.
- Field Guide to Potholes and Frenchman Coulees- Undated; Bjornstad; B. N.:
- Field Trip Guide to the Eastern Portion of the Channeled Scablands in Washington State- Driver; L.A.; E.V. Hansen; and K.A. Smith; 1995; The Compass; v. 71; no. 3; p. 102-111.
- Field Trip to Central Washington Channeled Scablands; May 26-28; 1990- Whitmer; J.H.; 1990; Geological Society of the Oregon Country Geological Newsletter; v. 56; no. 9; p. 51-54.
- Fire; Faults; & Floods: A Road & Trail Guide Exploring the Origins of the Columbia River Basin-
1997; Mueller; M.; and T. Mueller: University of Idaho Press; Moscow; Idaho. This road and trail guidebook introduces readers to outstanding geological features found in the Columbia River Basin. Available through IAFI Bookstore.
- Flood Basalts and Glacier Floods-Roadside Geology of Parts of Walla Walla, Franklin, and Columbia Counties, Washington- Carson, Robert J., and Kevin R. Pogue, 1996, "Flood Basalts and Glacier Floods--Roadside Geology of Parts of Walla Walla, Franklin, and Columbia Counties, Washington," Division of Geology and Earth Resources Information Circular 90, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia, Wash.
- Geologic Road Trips in Grant County- 1996; Amara; Mark S.; and George E. Neff: Washington; ; Adam East (Now Moses Lake) Museum and Art Center ( 509-766-9395); Moses Lake; Wash.
- Geologic Wonders of the Columbia- 2006; Cunderla; B.: Part 1; Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center Field Trip; May; 13; 2006.
- Geology of the Yakima Valley Wine Country- 2004; Norman; D.K.; A.J. Busacca; and R. Teissere: A Geologic Field Trip Guide from Stevenson to Zillah; Washington; Field Trip Guide 1; Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources; Washington State Department of Natural Resources; Olympia; Washington.
- Glacial Geology of Flathead Valley and Catastrophic Drainage of Glacial Lake Missoula- 1977; Curry; R.R.: Rocky Mountain Section Field Guide ; Geological Society of America; v. 4; University of Montana; Missoula.
- Glacial Lake Missoula Clark Fork Ice Dam; and Floods Outburst Area: Northern Idaho and Western Montana- 2003; Smyers; N.B.; and R.M. Breckenridge: in Swanson; T.W.; ed.; Field Guide 4: Western Cordillera and Adjacent Areas; Geological Society of America; Boulder; Colorado; p. 1-15.
- Hiking Washington's Geology- 2000; Babcock; Scott; and Bob Carson: Mountaineers; Seattle.
- Ice Age Floods Features in the Vicinity of the Pasco Basin and Hanford Reach National Monument- 2002; Bjornstad; B.N. and K.R. Fecht:
- Ice Age Floods in the Cheney area- 2004; Kiver; E.P.; and Stradling; D.F.: Field trip guide ; Eastern Washington University Geology Department; Cheney; Washington; 19 p.
- Ice Age Floods in the Spokane and Cheney Area- 2001; Kiver; E.P.; and Stradling; D.F: Washington; Field Trip Guide; Field trip guide for biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute; Spokane; WA; October 20; 2001; Ice Age Floods Institute; Eastern Washington University
- Ice Age floods through the western Channeled Scabland- 2006; Bjornstad; B.N.: Field trip guide for biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute; Richland; WA; April 29; 2006.
- Ice Age floods through the western Channeled Scabland in Gorges; Clays and Coulees- 2004; Bjornstad; B.N.: Field Trip Guide No. 1 and 3; Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scabland; PNNL-SA-41991; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Richland; Washington.
- Interactions between Missoula Floods- 2006; Kiver; E.P.; D.F. Stradling; M.B. McCollum; and R.L. Orndorff: The Cheney-Palouse Scabland; Steptoe Ridges; and the Columbia River Ice Lobe ; Field guide for IAFI Field Trip; Fall 2006; Cheney-Palouse Chapter; 81 p .
- Lake Missoula Flood Channels Obstacles and Overlooks in the Portland / Vancouver Area- 2006; Thompson; R.: Geology Field Trip Series; Lower Columbia Floods Chapter; Ice Age Floods Institute
- Leavenworth to Wellington Field Trip Guide- This field trip will take us on a transect from the eastern edge of the northeastern Cascades in Leavenworth to just west of the Cascade Crest at the old Great Northern railstop of Wellington. Enroute, we will see evidence for a variety of rock types, geologic structures, climates, glaciations, river and stream processes, vegetation, landslides, wildfires, and snow avalanches.
This transect is an area of much historical significance because it has been a main transportation corridor since 1893. It is perhaps because of the intersection of transportation with geology, topography, climate, and vegetation that this area is most famous. While fire and avalanches have impacted this area for centuries, it is only in the last century with the growth of human population and infrastructure in the mountains that that these events have truly become hazards.
Our final stop will explore a classic Cascade hazard—snow avalanches--at Wellington, the site of the deadliest snow avalanche disaster in North America. Leader: Karl Lillquist - CWU Geography. 4.5 MB Field Trip Guide
- Lower Grand Coulee Field Trip Guide- The Lower Grand Coulee extends from Dry Falls to Soap Lake. It is perhaps the most striking of the coulees of the Missoula Flood-created Channeled Scablands. We will explore saline lakes, ice age lakes, hanging valleys, flood bars, giant current ripples, folded Columbia River Basalts, butte and basin topography, potholes, caves, rhino casts, and human activity related to the ice age floods in the Lower Grand Coulee. Stops will include the Ephrata Expansion Bar south of Soap, Soap Lake (a closed basin lake at the downstream end of the Lower Grand Coulee), a flood bar covered with giant current ripples at the mouth of East Lenore Coulee, Lake Lenore caves (notable as models of human occupation sites in the area), and Dry Falls at the head of the coulee. Leader: Karl Lillquist - CWU Geography.
- Magnificent Frenchman Coulee and the Ice Age Floods- 2005; Bjornstad; B.N.: Field trip guide for the Lake Lewis Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute; May 7; 2005; PNNL-SA-45370; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Richland; Washington.
- Missoula Area Field trip guide for biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute- 2004; Smyers; N.; M. Hendrix; and L. Smith: Missoula; MT; October; 2004.
- Missoula Flood Features of the Channeled Scabland of Eastern Washington (Emphasizing the Othello Washington Area)- 2006; Cunderla; B.: Othello Sandhill Crane Festival; March 25; 2006.
- Moses Coulee to Chelan Field Trip- The Mid-Columbia River between Moses Coulee and Chelan lies at a key natural boundary. Geology, physiography, climate, and vegetation change dramatically from west to east along this boundary. To the wetter west, lies the coniferous forest-shrouded Cascade Range and associated crystalline rocks of the Swakane and Chelan Mountains terranes. To the east, we see more arid, shrub steppe of the Columbia Plateau and underlying Columbia River Basalts. The northern portion of this area was shaped directly by the late Pleistocene Okanogan Lobe of the Cordilleran Icesheet while ice age floods impacted areas to the south. Our trip will focus on evidence for these intermingled glaciers and floods in this distinctive boundary environment. Stops will focus on key features of the flood and glacial story between Moses Coulee and Chelan. Leader: Karl Lillquist - CWU Geography. 4.5 Mb Field Trip Guide
- Moses Coulee; Dry Falls and Waterville Plateau- 2004; Waitt; R.B. and B. Cunderla: Field trip guide for the biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute; Wenatchee; WA; April; 17; 2004.
- Northern Missoula Flood Path- 2005; Kiver; E.P.; Stradling; D.F.; and Orndorff; R.L: Cheney to the Pend Oreille River Valley ; Cheney-Palouse Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute; Second annual Conference; Eastern Washington University
- Old Blewett Pass field trip (Fall 2015)- Explore the geology of the Old Blewett Pass area with Leader Nick Zentner of CWU Geology. 6.7 Mb field guide
- On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods - Northern Reaches-
2012; Bruce Bjornstadt; Publisher: Keokee Co. Publishing Inc.; 480 pages. This remarkably detailed and authoritative guide leads you by trail; road and aerial tour to discover for yourself the amazing world of cataclysmic flood geology. Available through IAFI Boorkstore.
- On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A Geological Field Guide to the Mid Columbia Basin-
2006; Bjornstad; Bruce N.: Keokee Publishing Inc.; Sandpoint; Idaho; 307p. During the last great Ice Age that ended some 15;000 years ago; the Pacific Northwest was repeatedly decimated by cataclysmic floods unlike anything of modern times. Available through IAFI Bookstore.
- Roadside Geology of Idaho- 1989; Alt; David D.; and Donald W. Hyndman: Mountain Press; Missoula; Mont.
- Roadside Geology of Montana- 1986; Alt; David D.; and Donald W. Hyndman: Mountain Press; Missoula; Mont.
- Roadside Geology of Oregon- 1978; Alt; David D.; and Donald W. Hyndman: Mountain Press; Missoula; Mont.
- Roadside Geology of Washington- 1984; Alt; David D.; and Donald W. Hyndman: Mountain Press; Missoula; Mont.
- The Columbia River Gorge- O'Connor, Jl and Waitt, R., 2005; Geology Field Trip Series, Lower Columbia Floods Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute
- The Grand Coulee: Washingtons Grand Canyon- 2007; Kiver; E.P.; and Stradling; D.F.: Part 1; Field Trip Guide; fourth annual field trip ; Cheney-Palouse Chapter; 46 p.
- The Influence of Ice Age Floods on the Terroir of Washington Wines- 2004; Last; G.V.; B.N. Bjornstad and A.J. Busacca: Field trip guide for the Lake Lewis Chapter of the Ice-Age floods Institute; October 30; 2004; PNWD-SA-6753; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Richland; Washington.
- The Influence of Ice-Age Floods on the Terroir of Washington Wines - Field Guide- 2004; Last; G. V.; Bjornstad; B.N. and Busacca; A. J: Sponsored by Lake Lewis Chapter of the Ice-Age Floods Institute and Columbia River Exhibition of History; Science; and Technology (CREHST)
- The Magnificent Gateway: A Layman’s Guide to the Geology of the Columbia River Gorge- Allen, John Eliot, 1984, Timber Press, Portland, Ore. Describes in layman's terms the geological forces which have produced the Columbia River Gorge.
- Upper Columbia River Gorge- O'Connor, J.E. and R.B. Waitt, 2003; Field trip guide for biannual meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute, The Dalles, OR, October 11, 2003.
- Washington’s Channeled Scabland- Bretz, J Harlen, 1959, "Washington’s Channeled Scabland," Bulletin No. 45, Washington Division of Mines and Geology, Olympia, Wash.
- Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide-
2012; John Soennichsen; Mountaineers Books; 224 Pages Explore Washington's canyons of Ice Age wonders -- great trails; stunning scenery; and amazing history with thsi comprehensive guide to a fascinating region rich with history and recreational access to camping; hiking; fishing; and more. Available through IAFI Bookstore.
- Wenatchee Valley Ice Age Floods Geological Trail: Self Guided Driving Tours- Wenatchee Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau; 2005