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Hungry Mountain

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range
47.3865, -121.3848
Length
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2180 feet
Highest Point
5955 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
The view from the summit of Hungry Mountain. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

Hiking Hungry Mountain, at least at the peak of huckleberry season, requires willpower more than hiking stamina. Give in to temptation, and hikers may never reach the namesake peak. For those who are willing to hike hungry rather than fill up on the purple trailside bounty, Hungry Mountain rewards visitors with picturesque views toward the Idaho Selkirks. Nab the peak first, and save the berries for the return to the trailhead. Continue reading

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Hiking Hungry Mountain

Hiking Hungry Mountain, at least at the peak of huckleberry season, requires willpower more than hiking stamina. Give in to temptation, and hikers may never reach the namesake peak. For those who are willing to hike hungry rather than fill up on the purple trailside bounty, Hungry Mountain rewards visitors with picturesque views toward the Idaho Selkirks. Nab the peak first, and save the berries for the return to the trailhead.

The trail begins at its high point, making the first mile down also the toughest mile back. However, since the trail follows a ridge out to Hungry Mountain, the rest of the route consists of a series of gradual ups and downs that occasionally gives hikers glimpses of the surrounding country: the Pend Oreille River drainage to the west, and the Priest River drainage to the east. All along the route, interesting rock outcroppings add to trailside interest. Hikers are more apt to see wildlife than other trail visitors, at least until the word gets out about those huckleberries.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Hungry Mountain

Map & Directions

Before You Go

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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

Take Highway 2 north from Spokane, then the Highway 211 cutoff north to Usk. Cross the Pend Oreille River at Usk, and just past the bridge, turn left (north) on LeClerc Creek Road. Drive 13.4 miles, then turn right onto Mill Creek Road (FR 1200). Mill Creek Road climbs 10.2 miles to Pyramid Pass Junction. A recent logging operation makes the final two miles increasingly rough, yet passable. At Pyramid Pass, bear left on FR 306 toward North Baldy Mountain. Park at the wide spot at the 4-mile mark and walk the final .5 mile up to the signed trailhead, as the rocky road becomes impassable to all but jeeps. High clearance vehicles recommended for FR 306; drivers of passenger cars may wish to park at Pyramid Pass and ride a bike for the approach to the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington

Colville National Forest Map

USGS: North Baldy Quad

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