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Mission Point Trail

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range
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Length

0.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

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Even without a tour guide, this interpretative trail has plenty to offer hikers who enjoy learning about local history. The trail starts next to Saint Paul's Mission, built around 1847 at the Fort Colville fur-trading site. From there it goes to an overlook of the Kettle Falls site, though the falls are now submerged beneath Lake Roosevelt.

Archaeologists estimate that humans have used this site for 9,000 years. An interpretive sign explains the massive amphibolite stone at the overlook. Deposited by retreating glaciers and used as a whetstone for centuries, the stone was originally located near the falls.

From there the trail loops around to the Fort Colville site, a Hudson Bay outpost established in 1825. It also marks a small graveyard that contains both marked and unmarked graves. The tour guide explained that the graveyard could actually be much larger; most of the graves were not marked or markers were lost/stolen over the years.

If you visit the Mission Point Interpretive Trail on days that the guide is not present, there is a smartphone app that provides an audio tour of the area.

 

Mission Point Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6285, -118.1073 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area PDF Map: https://bit.ly/32M1TG9

Getting There

From Spokane, follow US-395 north through Kettle Falls. The Kettle Falls Information Center is near the northern edge of town on the left.
From Seattle, take I-90 East to Spokane, then take the exit for S Division St/US-2 E/US-395 N and follow US-395 north through Kettle Falls. The Information Center is near the northern edge of town on the left.

 

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