Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Abercrombie Mountain Trail

Abercrombie Mountain Trail

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range
48.9060, -117.5208 Map & Directions
Length
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2350 feet
Highest Point
7300 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

From Eastern Washington’s second-highest peak, the former home to Eastern Washington’s second-highest lookout, take in hundreds of square miles of rolling forested terrain, from the Canadian Purcells to the Columbia Plateau. Continue reading

Rating
2.57 out of 5

(7 votes) Log in to rate

Hiking Abercrombie Mountain Trail

From Eastern Washington’s second-highest peak, the former home to Eastern Washington’s second-highest lookout, take in hundreds of square miles of rolling forested terrain, from the Canadian Purcells to the Columbia Plateau.

This moderately strenuous, 7.3-mile hike rewards fit hikers with horizon-spanning views—the Cascades, British Columbia’s Rossland Range and Idaho’s Selkirks—from Eastern Washington’s second-highest (by a mere foot) peak. Abercrombie Mountain and its neighbor to the north, Hooknose Mountain, crown more than 30,000 acres of unspoiled terrain that has been proposed for wilderness designation.

Three trails gain the summit of Abercrombie; the eponymous trail is the most popular and scenic. Follow the Abercrombie Trail, an old roadbed, as it climbs through scrubby alder. At 1.4 miles, intersect with the North Fork Silver Creek Trail in dense lodgepole forest. Turn left and climb steadily through open forests of whitebark pine and Douglas-fir before entering the first of many flower-filled meadows. At 3 miles, the trail intersects with the Flume Creek Trail, 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 U.S. Forest Service employees who manned the lookout that used to stand here, remains of which can be found amongst the rocks. Built in 1952 as one of hundreds of lookouts that capped nearly every prominent peak in the Inland Northwest, the Abercrombie Lookout lasted only a decade before being demolished in the 1960s. Since then, intrepid hikers have built a rock shelter to take its place. On clear days, the Columbia Plateau shimmers to the south; to the west, the grass-clad Kettle Range dominates; to the east, the wet Selkirks; loom; and in the far distance, the Rocky Mountains lie.

WTA worked here in 2021!

Hike Description Written by
Aaron Thiesen, WTA Correspondent

Abercrombie Mountain Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.9060, -117.5208 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

See weather forecast

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Deep Lake Boundary Road, northeast of Colville, turn right on Silver Creek Road and drive 2 miles. Bear left onto FR 7078 for 4.5 miles, then right on Road 300 for 3.3 slow, rough miles to the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

Abercrombie Mountain Trail (#117)

Colville National Forest

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

Abercrombie Mountain Trail

26 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
 
Trip Reports