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Edds Mountain

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
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Length

11.1 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1916 ft.
Highest Point: 6320 ft.

Rating

4.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

This gem of a hike takes you to lovely views of the Kettle River Valley from the top of an old lookout site. Edds Mountain is on the edge of the 1988 White Mountain fire, so this trail winds through both an open forest of large and lovely old-growth larches with their bright green crowns to silvery snags. Grasses wave in the breeze and colorful wildflowers dot the open hillsides.

From the trailhead, you'll start your hike on a decommissioned forest road. Just before a mile and a half, the trail gets down to business climbing steeply up Edds Mountain.

As you near the summit, the grade becomes a little more forgiving, just in time for you to take in the wide views around you. Before reaching the summit, you'll swing around the south side of Edds Mountain and then continue rambling east on the ridge towards Bald Mountain. Skirt south of Bald Mountain until you run into the south section of the Kettle Crest Trail (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/kettle-crest-south) at 5.6 miles.

If the trail disappears on you, keep your eyes peeled for rock cairns that have been built on more open sections of the trail to mark the way.

Looking to overnight or extend your trip? The Kettle Crest Trail is the key. Grab a map and plot out your options. In the early season, springs should provide water along the way, but when things heat up, you may have to search below the ridge for most of the water.

While a few WTA crews have pulled the handle of a saw on this trail in the past, the trail receives most lot of much-needed maintenance from the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington. Make sure to say howdy and yield if you run into a crew of these fine folks or other riders.

 

Edds Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5615, -118.5813 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Edds Mountain (#3)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington

by Craig Romano (Mountaineers Press)

Getting There

From Republic, take highway 20 east 8 miles to county road 99 (Hall Creek). Turn right. Hall Creek becomes 2053. Follow 2053 for 5 miles to 2053-300. Turn left. Follow 2053-300 1.5 miles to trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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