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Edds Mountain

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.5615, -118.5813 Map & Directions
Length
11.1 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1916 feet
Highest Point
6320 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard

Wildflowers and views of the Kettle River Valley reward hikers of this lightly-used trail not far from Rebublic. After climbing steeply up to the shoulder of Edds Mountain, you'll ramble ridge-tops until you run into the Kettle Crest Trail. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Rating
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Hiking Edds Mountain

This gem of a hike takes you to lovely views of the Kettle River Valley from the top of an old lookout site. Edds Mountain is on the edge of the 1988 White Mountain fire, so this trail winds through both an open forest of large and lovely old-growth larches with their bright green crowns to silvery snags. Grasses wave in the breeze and colorful wildflowers dot the open hillsides.

From the trailhead, you'll start your hike on a decommissioned forest road. Just before a mile and a half, the trail gets down to business climbing steeply up Edds Mountain.

As you near the summit, the grade becomes a little more forgiving, just in time for you to take in the wide views around you. Before reaching the summit, you'll swing around the south side of Edds Mountain and then continue rambling east on the ridge towards Bald Mountain. Skirt south of Bald Mountain until you run into the south section of the Kettle Crest Trail (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/kettle-crest-south) at 5.6 miles.

If the trail disappears on you, keep your eyes peeled for rock cairns that have been built on more open sections of the trail to mark the way.

Looking to overnight or extend your trip? The Kettle Crest Trail is the key. Grab a map and plot out your options. In the early season, springs should provide water along the way, but when things heat up, you may have to search below the ridge for most of the water.

While a few WTA crews have pulled the handle of a saw on this trail in the past, the trail receives most lot of much-needed maintenance from the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington. Make sure to say howdy and yield if you run into a crew of these fine folks or other riders.

Edds Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5615, -118.5813 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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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 Republic, take highway 20 east 8 miles to county road 99 (Hall Creek). Turn right. Hall Creek becomes 2053. Follow 2053 for 5 miles to 2053-300. Turn left. Follow 2053-300 1.5 miles to trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Edds Mountain (#3)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington

by Craig Romano (Mountaineers Press)

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Edds Mountain

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