Posted by: columbiahighlands | November 3, 2011

Day hike: Sullivan Lakeshore

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Wander woods reminiscent of eastern hardwood forest, filled with aspen, hemlock and birch. Peer out from rocky benches over the largest natural lake in the Columbia Highlands. And keep a sharp eye for bighorn sheep, one of only two herds in the Colville National Forest, who perch precariously on the steep slopes abutting the lake. Connecting two scenic campgrounds on the north and south ends of Sullivan Lake, parties with two vehicles can hike this 4.4-mile trail one way for a family-friendly trek. Or spend a full day soaking in the scenery in woods proposed for the highest protection in the land.

Driving directions: For the north trailhead at East Sullivan Campground, follow Highway 31 north from the junction of Highway 20 for 3 miles to Sullivan Lake Road (County Road 9345). Follow Sullivan Lake Road for 12.9 miles to Forest Road 22 (Sullivan Creek). Turn right (east) and drive 0.25 mile to campground entrance. For the south trailhead at Noisy Creek Campground, follow Highway 31 north for 3 miles from the junction of Highway 20 to Sullivan Lake Road (County Road 9345). Follow Sullivan Lake Road for 8.2 miles to the campground entrance on the south end of the lake.

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  1. Wow, that’s a pretty piece of forest! That trail’s a Rolls Royce.

    • Yep, not too steep, not too rough. Just put it in cruise control and enjoy the views!


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