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Old Timers' Horse Trail

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range
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Length

Elevation

Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.

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With few grand views of sweeping mountains or endless landscapes, the Old Timers' Horse Trail encourages hikers to focus on what's in front of them and enjoy the scenery of the forest. In the Little Pend Oreille Natural Wildlife Refuge, enjoy wildlife viewing and plenty of wildflowers. Wildlife includes but is not limited to: black bear, squirrel, flying squirrel, deer, and turkey. The forest is diverse with conifers, ponderosa pine, aspen, larches, and cedar.

Begin the trail by following Miller Road for a ways. Wind up through the trees and branch off from the road for a ways to slowly gain elevation, then join it again and follow it up and over a point until the road ends. Then, descend towards the Little Pend Oreille River and Bear Creek, and follow Bear Creek until you hit a road again. From there, you can either turn around and head back or keep going to Camp Number Two where the trail ends.

The roads and campsite in the wildlife refuge are open to motorized vehicles October 1 - December 31 to allow hunters access to camps, and they are open to non-motorized recreation for the rest of the year. The campsites are available as parking for dayhikers the rest of the year. There is one stream crossing on the hike, and that is the only access to water. Either bring enough for the whole day or bring purification. 

 

Old Timers' Horse Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.4711, -117.6013 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Getting There

From Colville, Washington:

From Main Street (Highway 395) in Colville, follow Third Avenue (Highway 20) for 6 miles – you will be traveling east toward Tiger, WA. There is a brown and white sign at the intersection of Main and Third labeled “Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge 13 miles.” Just after passing White Mud Lake, make a right turn onto Artman-Gibson Road. The sign states the Refuge is 7 miles away. Travel 1.7 miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn left onto Kitt-Narcisse Road and follow it for 2.2 miles where the road forks. Take the right fork onto Bear Creek Road (a dirt road), and follow it for 3.3 miles. The Refuge headquarters is a brown log building.

 

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