Explore the most popular birding trails in Colville National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I parked my car in front of the guide board facing the road because the parking was under construction.
The trail was covered by snow more than I expected. Although crampons or snowshoes were not necessary, I recommend using poles. I did not see any footprint other than animals on the snow.
The gold color of larch and white of snow were so beautiful but the view from the summit was not so good because of trees.

awsom experance for most. beautiful very nice.

Could not find the trailhead from these directions. Trails and roads are poorly marked (ie. not marked at all) in this area. Searched for over an hour and couldn't be sure of where to start.

Great hike, not too steep. The road leading in to the trailhead is rough, but you can easily get to it in a car, we took a Focus. The views from the top are absolutely amazing!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Hands down one of the most breathtaking loops I have done on a horse! It does have some pretty rocky areas, so a sure footed horse is best. It was a good mental challenge for the horses, thinking about where to put there feet on a tough terrain, but not to bad! We had a nice cool September breeze so they all hardly broke a sweat. STUNNING views around the whole loop! A few bridges over some little streams too. Will for sure come back and do again!

What a great hike! We hiked to the falls and camped last night. The trail was in good shape.

this is a great loop trail with surprising mountain trail effects. be sure to go up Sherman peak for the view

mountain biking
1 month ago

Have hiked and mountain biked this trail multiple times. Beauty and condition of old growth forest is the highlight. Falls are nice, but high canopy, lush fern and devils club forest floor are incredible. Spotted a black bear cub, and kept the bear spray ready! Rarely see other parties on the trail.

We completed this trail yesterday and found it very enjoyable. It should be known that when looking at the elevation profile the steep incline / decline in the middle is not necessary to view the falls; it leads to an alternate access point. You could start there and only have a three mile hike to see the falls. However, it wasn't the falls that was the highlight of the trip for me. We left the car at 9:45 am, spent 45 minutes falls for lunch, then we're back at the car by 5:30.

hiking
2 months ago

What a perfect Sunday funday hiking Abercrombie Mountain north of Colville! It’s the second highest peak in Eastern Washington (by one little foot in elevation) at 7,310 feet. We saw fresh bear scat, tracks and scratches in a tree but sadly never saw our bear. I haven’t seen a view that spectacular since Scotchman Peak last summer. Highly recommended!

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful lush shady forest. The old growth cedars and hemlocks with gigantic ferns were amazing. The trail had a few down trees on the way there, but all the stream crossings except for 1 had very nice bridge/walkways on them. The trail crew came by the morning we were heading out and did a fantastic job clearing the trail of the down trees we encountered the day before. From the junction of trails #28 and #308 to the falls the trail crew said was pretty rough (which we thought was perfectly fine) but they said they had plans to work on it later this season in September. The waterfall was nice, but the trail itself was the highlight for my family. Enjoyed this hike VERY much!
Oh, and THANK YOU to the previous reviewer who told where the campsites were on the trail. It helped so much knowing mile points and where we could stop. 0.6 miles, 1.9 miles, 3.6 miles, 2 spots at 7 miles and 2 spots at the base of the falls. (The mile 7 campsites were much better than the base of the falls in our opinion)

backpacking
3 months ago

Bring your camera and a little extra time to enjoy the serenity up here.

trail running
3 months ago

Great little trail. Views are amazing. My gps put it at 6.3 miles round trip. There is a switch back about 2 miles in were there is a tiny lake the trail bypasses. Look for it its really beautiful:)

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and the ranking is accurate - moderate. The falls are BEAUTIFUL and I jumped in for a great photo op!

Love this hike, this is my first backpacking trip every year for the last 4 years. Very pretty and easy. Usually at least several downed trees to work around, but nothing too bad. Very well used and established trail. Be sure to make plenty of noise while you’re out. I usually run into black bears every year, and have seen a grizzly out here once.

Great views and a wonderful walking through Northeastern Washington’s Kettle Range. The path around Sherman Peak is currently free of snow, except for one small patch on the SW side of the mountain. Conditions were great!

NOTE: Distance measured by my GPS from parking lot was 6.25 miles RT. I’ve seen guidebooks say anything from 5.3 to 6.0. Not sure why the description on this says 3.4.

backpacking
3 months ago

For those in Spokane who think you have to drive all the way to the Olympics or the North Cascades for giant trees and ferns fear not! Just 2.5 hrs from Spokane is Upper Priest River trail 308 to American Falls. It is 8 miles in through the US portion of the only snow-fed inland rainforest in the world!

The trail gains a little over 700 feet over its 8 miles, with most of that being in the last mile before the falls. There are established campground sites at 0.6, 1.9, 3.6, 2 at 7.0 miles and a few just at the base of the falls (though these are flooded at the moment due to high snow melt).

The trail has recently been updated with lots of new bridges over creeks and muddy sites (maybe end of last season) and there are bundles of wood all along the trail indicating more updates are to follow. There are well over a dozen downed trees across the trail, telling me FS has not yet been through, but the trees are easy enough to get around.

Overall, the trail is mostly flat with some ups and downs here and there. The scenery changes a fair amount, walking through ferns and next to 10ft trees, even a couple of swamps and about 6 creek/river crossings. There are definitely signs of wildlife (We saw bear, wolf, deer, elk and Caribou tracks).

Stay safe and enjoy! Also, if anyone does this trail and finds a size 8 steel men’s wedding band around mile 3.3/3.4...you know where to find me...

hiking
4 months ago

Good news! This Trail is finally open again we just hiked it on Saturday! Not sure how long it will take for them to update their website (Colville NF) but the Hall's Mountain Trail is also open the only Trail remaining but is still closed is at the top of the ridge next to Sullivan Lake.

Absolutely breathtaking views!

Monday, October 16, 2017

great views and climb to top...snow and windy! Did not go around to Hooknose- next time!

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Nice hike but I'll have to go back do to the weather being pretty socked in I really couldn't take advantage of the views but what I was able to see was great. Pretty good incline but fairly short distance well worth the time.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Views are on - nice clean trail --

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

The road up was a little treacherous for the mid sized sedan rental car that I took (luckily it was a rental). But once we got to the trail, we were not disappointed. Beautiful pine forests cloaked the area in a thick pine scent that cannot be beat. Small waterfalls and cool mountain streams offered relief from the moderate heat encountered in the first couple miles. I was there in mid June and there were still patches of snow on the last mile or so with very large drifts at the peak. The view at the top was unbeatable. It was a little chilly at the top so expect to bring a sweatshirt if you plan on staying for an extended period of time. If I ever find myself in the area again, this is a definite.
Note that the coordinates supplied by AllTrails aren't accurate. Stay left and follow the signs for the trail head.

hiking
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Road to Trailhead is ok until last mile, three large ruts and my friends mid size SUV scraped going out. Arrived early Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend to a empty TH., maybe five cars on return several hours later. Great well maintained trail that's recently had some work and weed whacking done. Trail switchbacks up and just enough shade along the trail, except the last mile to provide relief from the heat. Pretty hazy from the smoke but all and all great hike with stellar views.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Great trail, has had a lot of quality work done recently to bridge some of the mud and there are big trees all the way to the falls. This one is enjoyable the whole way not just a destination hike. Not sure if they will remove it but the cover photo for this hike is not the American falls, it's granite falls by Roosevelt grove

on Sullivan Lake

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Closed until further notice due to Noisy Creek fire.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fun hike, great views of the lake....not sure how the fire is going to effect the views and hike...please let us know if your hiking this trail.

trail running
Monday, August 21, 2017

Really fun and rad lil loop. Solid trail, technical, a few springs that you can refill. It's absolutely worth a quick 5 mile hike or run.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Great trip!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

I loved this hike – keep in mind, I’m new to the hiking world this year.. so others may think differently
1st – the gravel road leading to the trail.. if you have a family van, or small car, you might rethink this trail – it’s not a bad road, but some vehicles might have some issues.
2nd – Amazing hike – this trail has a little of everything, deep wooded areas, vast open areas and amazing views everywhere you look. The peak of this trail is loose rock, so smaller kids, or older individuals might have a rough time with it.
3rd – this is a trail I will be hiking every year now – it’s great

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