The trail on Fir Mountain can be hard to follow at times, but persistent route-finders are rewarded with a 2 mile, steep trail through open pine forest to views from a former fire lookout site.
In late summer, berries for snacking along the way abound, and green wet areas full of flowers make for gorgeous photos. If you're watchful, you may be rewarded with some glimpses of wildlife, too.
In winter, the hike is a steep march through forest and quiet drifts of snow. The hardest part about the winter route may be finding enough room to park the car, but as a last resort, use the Sweat Creek parking lot, only a short walk across Highway 20 from the trailhead.
The winter trail immediately begins its steady march up the steep slope. While the initial forest is second-growth and largely uninteresting, it doesn't take long for the trees to open up and the views to improve. At the same time, it's easy to see that this trail is a wildlife haven, as evidenced by the numerous tracks crisscrossing the trail.
Watch for sawed trees, the tell-tale sign of the correct trail corridor, so as not to be led astray by the game trails. At the windswept summit, former site of a lookout tower, the views are fantastic in all directions. Return via the same route.
- 5.2 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 2,174 feet
- Highest Point
- 5,674 feet
Hiking Fir Mountain
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.6753, -118.8995 Open in Google Maps