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Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.7027, -118.4665 Map & Directions
Length
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1640 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Old Stagecoach trail sign. Photo by ExpectSomethingIronic Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

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Northwest Forest Pass

Hike to a viewpoint on the Kettle Crest trail that was the site of a former fire lookout. Continue reading

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Hiking Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

The Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail skirts seventeen peaks, but only goes directly over the top of Copper Butte, the sixth highest peak in eastern Washington.

Access the summit and take in the fantastic scenery by starting at the Old Stagecoach Trail, the only remaining segment of Washington's first highway, constructed in 1892 and abandoned in 1898.

When it intersects the Kettle Crest trail after 1.7 miles of easy climbing, turn left onto the National Recreation Trail and begin the steeper ascent through an old burn. From the top, take in the view of the Kettle River Range from atop this former fire lookout site.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7027, -118.4665 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

North of Kettle Falls on Highway 395, cross the Columbia and bear left (west) on Highway 20 toward Republic. Drive 18.4 miles and turn north onto Albion Hill Road. Continue 7.3 miles to the trail head and small free campground.

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Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District

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USGS Copper Butte

Colville National Forest

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Old Stagecoach Trail to Copper Butte

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