Wapaloosie Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colville, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September.
Directions from Kettle Falls: Follow US 395 approximately 2 miles to Hwy. 20. Travel 20 miles east on Hwy. 20. Turn right onto Forest Service Road #2030 (Albian Hill Rd) and follow this road for 3.2 miles to the trailhead sign. The trail begins .2 mile to the west of the road.
Nice trail, it has varying details depending on where you look. If you start at the parking lot, and go to the intersection with Kettle Crest Trail, you've covered 5.4 miles out and back. The trail quickly moves to a moderately steep and steady incline, then concludes with breaking out of the woods to more moderate switchbacks, which makes for a very nice trail (most strenuous first, then easier). The views begin to open up as you reach the large switchbacks, and you can see for a long ways (see panoramic shot).
Hiked the Wapaloosie Mountain to Jungle Hill loop for a total of 13 miles (includes three miles of gravel road between trail heads. The entire loop was in great condition, no blowdowns. The views from the Kettle Crest Trail are wonderful and expansive, definitely worth the trip. Total solitude in this under-appreciated part of the country. There is no signage on the Kettle Crest Trail marking the Jungle Hill Trail, so beware. More like 3 1/2 stars, you won't be disappointed.
The trail begins in a thick forest of lodgepole pine and after a mile or so you will leave the woods and switchback your way up the mountain. When you reach the top of the ridge the trail intersects the Kettle Crest Trail. The summit of Walaloosie will be on your right.