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Wapaloosie Mountain

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1850 ft.
Highest Point: 6850 ft.

Rating

3.40 out of 5

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Spectacular rolling hills, far-off views and a flower explosion make this little-known gem a destination to explore and roam. It's one of the few places hikers can see sagebrush growing side-by-side with sub-alpine larch.

Don’t let the lower portion fool you – the monotonous lodgepole pine forest gives way to huge open spaces up above, with a tremendous flower explosion in early summer. Thunderstorms march across the landscape – the dark lodgepole forest growls with the sound of far-off thunder. Up above, thunderstorms in the distance create a spectacular cloudscape – lighting, rainbows, clouds swirling with many colors - white, black, blue and green. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see. The trail connects with the Kettle Crest Trail, so roaming can be done for a dayhike or a backpack. Regarding thunderstorms - know when to turn back. Chances are, in order to get to Wapaloosie from Sherman Pass, you had to drive through 20,000 acres of burned forest from the 1988 White Mountain, fire that was caused by lightning!

 

Wapaloosie Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6751, -118.5005 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Wapaloosie (#15)

Colville National Forest

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Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest (Mountaineers Books) - Rich Landers & Ida Rowe Dolphin.

USGS Sherman Peak

Getting There

From Kettle Falls follow U.S. Highway 395 to state Route 20. Follow state Route 20 for 20 miles and turn right on Albian Hill Road 2030. Follow road 2030 for 3.2 miles to trailhead sign and west 0.2 miles to trail.

 

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