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Whistler Canyon Trail

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.9030, -119.4236 Map & Directions
Length
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3000 feet
Highest Point
3930 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Big horn sheep in Whistler Canyon. Photo by TMurray. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This trail offers vistas of the Okanogan River and Pasayten Wilderness as well as wildlife viewing potential for hikers of all experience levels. Continue reading

Rating
4.00 out of 5

Hiking Whistler Canyon Trail

This trail offers vistas of the Okanogan River and Pasayten Wilderness as well as wildlife viewing potential for hikers of all experience levels.

This hike is actually a completed portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail. It climbs quickly at first, and features great views of Okanogan Valley, and if you climb high enough, the North Cascades. It also has terrific wildlife viewing possibilities. Hikers commonly report seeing bighorn sheep on rock faces above the trail. Mule deer, bear, marmot, and wild turkey have often been sighted here as well.

The trail has something to offer everyone: it is excellent for hikers and equestrian riders and even has some challenging areas for rock climbers.

Like the rest of the region, it is often pretty dry, with lots of sun exposure, so come prepared. You can do a day hike out and back (actually up, then back down) from the trailhead on Highway 97, roundtrip up to 24 miles.

Two good side trip options are available from the 97 trailhead. The first is the Frog Pond Trail, which leaves Whistler Canyon Trail at 0.32 miles and is 1.6 miles total out to the pond and back to the trail. All in all, a great little hike if you only have a few hours to spare. The second is a half-day side loop called the Black Diamond Trail. It leaves Whistler Canyon Trail at 2.2 miles, makes a 2.5 mile loop past Black Diamond Lake, and rejoins the Whistler Canyon Trail at 4.1 miles.

Alternatively, you can do a one hour roundtrip car shuttle and hike 12 miles from top to bottom using the Wildhorse Trail cutoff to the Wilcox Mountain Trailhead.

The Wildhorse cutoff is shorter, and has better views, than sticking with Whistler Canyon all the way to Wilcox.

Hike Description Written by
Walter Henze, WTA Correspondent

Whistler Canyon Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.9030, -119.4236 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

The trail is accessible three miles south of Oroville. Drive to the Okanogan River bridge and continue two more miles south, looking for the Whistler Canyon Trailhead Road on the east side of SR 97. Follow this to the road's end and the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Whistler Canyon Trail (#100)

Okanogan County, BLM, USFS - Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail

Guidebooks & Maps

The Pacific Northwest Trail Guide

Ron Strickland

Sasquatch Books Seattle

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