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Quartzite Mountain

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range
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3.0 miles, roundtrip


Highest Point: 3714 ft.


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Take a short, steep trail to the top of Quartzite Mountain. This highly visible peak overlooks the town of Chewelah along Highway 395. The trailhead is about five miles off Highway 395.

The trail is maintained and goes through wildflower meadows and sparse forest to the meadows on top of the peak. However, due to the steepness of the trail, it might be difficult for very young children.

Wild strawberries ripen in the summer all along the trail, along with lupine blooming. The trail is clearly maintained and easy to follow.

At the top of the peak, there are two firepits, and if you look in the right place you'll find a metal bench placed overlooking the valley. Amazing views.

As the trail is quite steep in places, you should be aware that it might be too steep for some kids or they might get frightened. Kids ages 8 and older who have hiked before are probably best for this trail.


Quartzite Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2738, -117.6562 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Colville National Forest

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Getting There

From Spokane, drive about 40 miles north along Highway 395. Turn east onto Main Avenue and drive about one mile to the outskirts of town. Turn south onto Cottonwood Creek Road. After about two miles, turn left onto the wide dirt road -- the first left you'll be able to take.

Follow this road as it turns and twists for about three miles. It gradually gets narrower. You'll go past multiple driveways, but not other possible roads. You'll reach a fork where the sign points to Horse Shoe Lake Road. Keep left. After about 0.5 mile, just after the road starts to seem narrow and potholed, you'll reach the trailhead.

There's parking space for about four to six vehicles, and more if you park along the edge of the road.

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