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Happy hiking, northeast Washington!

Posted by Katie Carroll at Aug 16, 2013 02:20 PM |

To celebrate the release of our new northeast Washington hiking guide we have pulled out a few fun hikes to try before summer is over.

Happy hiking, northeast Washington!

Great hiking to be had in the Columbia Highlands! Near Midnight Ridge by James Johnston

We are ecstatic about this summer’s amazing weather and all the opportunities it has provided us to get out and see the land and wildlife this beautiful region has to offer. Before the rain and clouds come back, we want to share some more great hikes with you, this time from northeast Washington. 

See an online flipbook of this exciting new guide to northeast WA!

Our new wildlife viewing and recreation guide highlights the amazing diversity of the Columbia Highlands. The guide includes hikes from the Kettle River Range, Salmo-Priest Wilderness, Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, as well as the Colville National Forest.

As project coordinator and Conservation Northwest staffer Derrick Knowles (who long dreamt of creating the guide), says, the guide, “offers outings for people of all abilities, including handicap accessible paths and several auto tour loops for families.” We’ve highlighted a few of the hikes below.

Kettle River Range

Midnight Ridge:

This 4 mile trail takes you along a mid-elevation ridge and down to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail via a lot of great old growths of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western hemlock. If you are lucky, you might even see an owl or coyote!

Directions:

From the junction with Hwy 20 three miles east of Republic, drive north on Hwy 21 about nine miles to post 171.7. Turn right on county road 546 which turns into NF Road 2156, and continue 7 miles to the trailhead.

Selkirk Mountains

Big Meadow Lake:

This easy 0.3 mile, barrier free trail leads to an observation tower overlooking the lake, while another 2.4 mile trail loops around the lake from the campground. This is a great place to see moose, bald eagles, and beavers.

Directions:

From highway 31, take county road 2714 west about 2.4 miles to county road 2695. Drive about 5.3 miles until you pass the lake on your left and enter the site on the lake’s west side.

Thanks again to all the local businesses, chambers, and tourism groups in Kettle Falls, Colville, Republic, and Newport who bought ads and helped make this guide a reality!

Get the guide

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Viewing and Hiking Guide is available online (Flash required), at any of the locations listed below, or through the mail by emailing info(a)conservationnw.org

Locations:
Spokane Visitor Center, Mountain Gear (Spokane);
WDFW office (Spokane Valley); 
Republic Brewing Company, Republic Pharmacy, Ferry County Co-op (Republic);
Northern Ales Brewery, Meyers Falls Market (Kettle Falls);
Colville National Forest office, Chamber of Commerce, Talk N’ Coffee (Colville);
Visitors centers in Pend Oreille County,

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