Posted by: columbiahighlands | August 10, 2010

National Roadless Recreation Week, August 7-15

Many of Washington’s premier locations for outdoor adventure are in roadless areas. The Colville National Forest contains over two hundred thousand acres of roadless forest, from the open, rolling ponderosa grasslands of Cougar Mountain Roadless Area to the alpine cirques and rushing streams of Harvey Creek Roadless Area. These roadless areas offer hundreds of miles of backcountry adventure without the crowds. Even a short, half-mile hike can bring solitude, respite, and challenging adventure.

During National Roadless Recreation Week, August 7-15, discover the outdoor adventure that awaits in the roadless areas of the Colville National Forest. Hike, mountain bike, paddle, pick berries, ride a horse or fish in one of the Colville National Forest’s 21 inventoried roadless areas. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the north shore of scenic Sullivan Lake in Hall Mountain Roadless Area, or hike on over sixty miles of trails that crisscross Profanity Roadless Area north of Sherman Pass, including the northernmost 30 miles of the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail.

Because they have been undisturbed by development, roadless areas often preserve some of the best hunting and fishing habitat in national forests. In the Colville National Forest, waterways such as Harvey Creek and the San Poil River provide prime roadless-area fishing.

One need not even set foot in a roadless area to enjoy the beauty it protects. For example, unroll a picnic blanket at Lake Ellen and enjoy the scenic backdrop of South Huckleberry’s steep-walled canyons and lodgepole forests, or view the vast swaths of pristine forestlands from Sherman Overlook.

The roadless areas of the Colville National Forest provide a haven for humans and wildlife alike. This week, explore the roadless recreation opportunities on your public lands!




  1. While I think it’s true that one need not even set foot in a roadless area to enjoy the beauty it protects…there’s an interesting paradox in the thinking of some opponents to Wilderness. I’ve talked to many opponents to Wilderness designation in a variety of Forest Service meetings; multiple meetings in Ferry County on such topics as wildfire interface and OHV routes; and the latest candidates night in Republic. Many opponents have never visited a Wilderness area…even some who live in Ferry County have not been to any of the roadless areas in the Colville that qualify for permanent protection. It strikes me as odd how someone can oppose something without knowing first-hand what it really is. The economic benefits of Wilderness to a surrounding community are well documented. If you think Wilderness is expensive…consider the cost of ignorance.

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