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Kalispell Rock

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range
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Length

5.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1490 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Once home to a fire lookout, the granite slabs that make up Kalispell Rock overlook the Priest River drainage.

Once past the gate at the trailhead, make your way up Kalispell Rock Trail, the first of several old logging roads that make up this route.

At a half mile, reach a junction with another former logging road. Bear left and continue upward. In another mile, the road/trail crosses over to the north side of the ridge. Veer left onto another road. The trail here climbs steeply to the ridge.

At 2.3 miles, the grade eases and the trail descends to a grassy meadow and reaches another junction. Make a sharp right-hand turn, heading north on true trail now. After briefly climbing for 0.2 miles, the trail drops and reaches an opening. Straight ahead the trail peters out. Instead, look for where the main trail makes a hairpin turn to the right.

It’s easy going for the next 0.3 miles. When you reach a decaying log cabin, you’re at your destination. The cabin was built in 1927 to provide shelter for the fire lookout on duty. The firefinding shelter on Kalispell rock has been removed and the cabin has been left to nature since 1935.

Just above the cabin site, rising granite slabs mark the peak of Kalispell Rock. The tallest rocks are unsafe to climb, but there are others lower down that make an ideal break spot. After taking in the views, retrace your steps to the trailhead, paying careful attention at junctions along the way.

 

Kalispell Rock

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6337, -117.1017 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Kaniksu National Forest, Priest Lake Ranger District, (208) 443-2512, www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (Landers and Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Monumental Mtn

Colville and Kaniksu National Forest maps

Getting There

From State Route 20 north of Newport, turn east into Usk. Follow Kings Lake Road, crossing the Pend Oreille River, and turn left onto Leclerc Road. After 16 miles, bear right on Leclerc Creek Road. In just under a mile, bear right on East Branch Road (Forest Road 1934).

In just over 14 miles, bear right at the Y in the road. In 0.1 mile, come to the trailhead at a guardrail blocking a road on the right.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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