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Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1640 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Bulldog Fire.
 
 

The Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail skirts seventeen peaks, but only goes directly over the top of Copper Butte, the sixth highest peak in eastern Washington.

Access the summit and take in the fantastic scenery by starting at the Old Stagecoach Trail, the only remaining segment of Washington's first highway, constructed in 1892 and abandoned in 1898.

When it intersects the Kettle Crest trail after 1.7 miles of easy climbing, turn left onto the National Recreation Trail and begin the steeper ascent through an old burn. From the top, take in the view of the Kettle River Range from atop this former fire lookout site.

 

Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7027, -118.4665 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Copper Butte

Colville National Forest

Getting There

North of Kettle Falls on Highway 395, cross the Columbia and bear left (west) on Highway 20 toward Republic. Drive 18.4 miles and turn north onto Albion Hill Road. Continue 7.3 miles to the trail head and small free campground.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Bulldog Fire.
 

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Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

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