Posted by: columbiahighlands | September 10, 2011

Day hike: Abercrombie Mountain

The summit of Abercrombie Mountain offers 360-degree views of the Selkirks, Kettle Range and British Columbia's Rossland Range. Photo: Aaron Theisen.

This moderately strenuous, 6.5-mile day hike rewards fit hikers with horizon-spanning views–the Cascades, BC’s Rossland Range, Idaho’s Selkirks, and more–from eastern Washington’s second-highest (by a mere foot) peak. Abercrombie Mountain and its neighbor to the north, Hooknose Mountain, crown over thirty thousand acres of unspoiled terrain that has been proposed for Wilderness designation.

Hikers at the intersection of Flume Creek and Abercrombie Mountain trails, several hundred yards from the summit. Photo: Aaron Theisen.

The route follows an old alder-lined roadbed for 1.4 miles before meeting up with the North Fork Silver Creek Trail in dense lodgepole forest. Turn left. The trail climbs steadily through open forests of whitebark pine and Douglas-fir before entering the first of many flower-filled meadows near the summit. At 3 miles, the trail intersects with Flume Creek Trail 502, which approaches Abercrombie from the east. Bear left and make the final quarter-mile push to the rocky summit.

On top, envy the view from the “office” of the Forest Service employees who manned the lookout that used to stand here, remains of which can be found amongst the rocks.

Hikers on the summit of Abercrombie Mountain enjoy the view of Hooknose Mountain to the north. Photo: Aaron Theisen.

Driving directions: In downtown Colville, turn right (east) on Third Avenue. At just over a mile, turn left (north) on Aladdin Road (County Road 9435). At 27.5 miles, bear right at a Y on Deep Lake-Boundary Road (County Road 9445). Follow this road 7.3 miles, past Deep Lake, to Silver Creek Road (County Road 4720). Turn right. In 2 miles, bear left onto Forest Road 7078 (the road to the right terminates in 1.3 miles at Silver Creek Campground, an excellent base for exploring the area and the beginning of the North Fork Silver Creek Trail, a 15-mile round trip to Abercrombie’s summit). Drive Road 7078 4.5 miles. Turn right on Road 300 and drive 3.3 slow, rough miles to the trailhead.

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Responses

  1. looks beautiful- i’d love to have that “office” view!

  2. Beautiful views! I love those open ridges and bare peaks! I hope it will eventually attain wilderness status!

    • I hope so too–and if enough people speak up for these wild places, I’m confident it will happen!


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