Salmo - Shedroof Traverse Backpacking

Metaline Falls, Washington

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The Salmo-Priest Wilderness in the extreme northeast corner of Washington protects a remarkable region. The mountains here, an offshoot of the Selkirk Range, combine several features that set them apart from all other mountains in the state. Their location is ideally suited to receiving precipitation, making this the wettest area in Washington east of the Cascade Mountains. As a result the forests here feature species more commonly associated with the wetter west slope of the Cascades than the normally drier east slope. Hikers familiar with westside rainforests will feel right at home. Also at home here is an unusual assortment of rare wildlife including lynx, wolverine, grizzly bear, and mountain caribou. In addition the ridges and peaks here are more rugged and heavily eroded than those in neighboring ranges, so the scenery is more dramatic than is normal for the east side of the state. This trip visits all the major highlights of this wilderness and will delight the backpacker with both wonderful scenery and a surprising degree of solitude.
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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The Salmo-Priest Wilderness in the extreme northeast corner of Washington protects a remarkable region. The mountains here, an offshoot of the Selkirk Range, combine several features that set them apart from all other mountains in the state. Their location is ideally suited to receiving precipitation, making this the wettest area in Washington east of the Cascade Mountains. As a result the forests here feature species more commonly associated with the wetter west slope of the Cascades than the normally drier east slope.

Hikers familiar with westside rainforests will feel right at home. Also at home here is an unusual assortment of rare wildlife including lynx, wolverine, grizzly bear, and mountain caribou. In addition the ridges and peaks here are more rugged and heavily eroded than those in neighboring ranges, so the scenery is more dramatic than is normal for the east side of the state. This trip visits all the major highlights of this wilderness and will delight the backpacker with both wonderful scenery and a surprising degree of solitude.

©  Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Metaline Falls
Distance: 32
Elevation Gain: 7,600 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 days
Season: Usually open July to October; best July
Trailhead Elevation: 5,900 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Sullivan Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USFS - Salmo-Priest Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Salmo - Shedroof Traverse (Backpacking)

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