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Gypsy Peak

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range
48.9457, -117.1519 Map & Directions
Length
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1750 feet
Highest Point
7309 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
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This challenging trail offers panoramic views across Northeast Washington and into Idaho and Canada. Continue reading

  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Hiking Gypsy Peak

Eastern Washington’s highest peak may not stand particularly tall by Cascade standards, considering it’s only slightly more than half the height of Mount Rainier. All the same, the views from the summit of Gypsy Peak make the trip well worth it, with the added benefit of climbing a comparatively small mountain in solitude. Due to its location in the heart of the Salmo–Priest Wilderness, visitors are most apt to share the trail with resident bighorn sheep or bears. After all, the east-side trailhead is named “Bear Pasture” for a reason.

Gypsy Peak is normally accessible from two different trailheads—offering the option of short or long approaches—the shorter approach, from the Bear Pasture trailhead, closes to hikers on August 15 to protect grizzly habitat. Hiking to Gypsy Peak in the fall requires the longer trek from Sullivan Mountain and the Crowell Ridge trailhead.

The route is mostly above tree line, with Canada just a stone’s throw to the north and Idaho’s Selkirk Range to the east. To the west, Abercrombie and Hooknose mountains are the closest prominent peaks. At approximately 5 miles from the trailhead on Crowell Ridge, watch for the faint climber’s trail leading to Gypsy Peak. You’ll need to dig out the map and compass to remain on track for the final approach. Consider adding in a 1-mile side trip to Watch Lake, the only place available for refilling water along the way.

WTA Pro Tip: This route is considered an advanced trail, requiring the use of map and compass and experience with off-trail travel. In addition, the road to the Crowell Ridge trailhead is rough and rocky; high-clearance vehicles are recommended. High elevations and exposure rob your body of precious liquids. Carry plenty of water and drink often.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Gypsy Peak

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 48.9457, -117.1519 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

For the Sullivan Mountain trailhead, drive north from Metaline Falls for 2 miles on Highway 31 and turn right on Sullivan Lake Road (County Road 9345). Proceed down this road for 4.3 miles and turn left on Highline Road (FR 2212). Continue about 3 miles, then turn left on Forest Road 245 toward the Sullivan Mountain Lookout. At this point, a high clearance vehicle is recommended to complete the drive. The trailhead is on the north side of the road near the switchback below the lookout, at elevation 6220 feet.

For the Bear Pasture trailhead, head northeast out of Metaline Falls on Grandview Street toward International Selkirk Loop N/Lehigh Ave. Turn right onto Highway 31 North (also the International Selkirk Loop N or Lehigh Ave) and continue for 2.1 miles.

Turn right onto Sullivan Lake Rd continue for 4.8 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 22 (Sullivan Creek Road) and continue for 5.3 miles. Make a slight left onto NF-2220 (Sullivan Creek Road) and continue for 2.2 miles. Turn left onto NF-2212 continue for 4.4 miles. Turn right onto NF-200 continue for 6.5 miles, and your destination will be on the right. 
** Note that this access road is only open from May 15 to August 15, and is not recommended for horse trailers.**

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

Gypsy Peak (#)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

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