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Grassy Top

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range
48.7970, -117.1320 Map & Directions
Length
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate

Wildfire: Trail closed

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Let the car take care of most of the climbing, then enjoy this gently contouring trail that begins in forest and passes through thickets of huckleberries before arriving in the upper grassy meadows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding peaks in the Selkirk range. Continue reading

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Hiking Grassy Top

Let the car take care of most of the climbing, then enjoy this gently contouring trail that begins in forest and passes through thickets of huckleberries before arriving in the upper grassy meadows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding peaks in the Selkirk range.

From the small trailhead at Pass Creek Pass, the trail descends down a short distance and begins to climb toward Grassy Top. There are a few small trailside seeps in this first section, the only source of water along the trail, so be sure to top off water bottles if needed. The majority of the views along the trail are looking westward, where on a clear day the prominent profiles of Abercrombie and Hooknose Mountains are visible. The climb is steady but not overly steep, and the views continually improve along the way.

At the 2.7 mile mark Grassy Top intersects the Hall—Grassy Divide, a good option for extending the hike to Hall Mountain or Sullivan Lake. Continue an additional 1.1 miles to the summit of Grassy Top, with its open wildflower-filled meadows granting sweeping views eastward. Priest Lake and the Idaho Selkirks are visible on a clear day, and huckleberries surround the meadows. The trail continues south an additional 4 miles to an alternate access point on Forest Road 031, although this portion of the trail has steep sections prone to erosion damage and is very infrequently maintained.

Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Grassy Top

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7970, -117.1320 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Wildfire: Trail closed

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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

Just past Tiger and before Ione on SR 31, turn east on Sullivan Lake Road. Continue past the lake and the Sullivan Ranger District office, and turn east on Forest Road 22. Drive 5.3 miles to a Y-intersection, bearing slightly right onto Forest Road 2220 toward Priest Lake. Continue 6.9 miles to Pass Creek Pass. A small parking area is located on the south side of the road just beyond the Grassy Top trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

Grassy Top (#503)

Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District

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