Few of Washington’s mountain roads will make you feel more like you’re traveling through an unspoiled wildland than the roads to remote 6,828-foot Salmo Mountain. The route is flanked by the rugged Salmo-Priest Wilderness, which protects stands of old-growth western red cedar, Douglas fir and western hemlock, species commonly associated with western Washington’s dense forests, as well as endangered grizzly bear and woodland caribou.
Salmo Mountain, topped by a lookout tower, stands at the edge of the wilderness, and provides a spectacular vista. You can combine this drive with Pass Creek Pass. On maintained dirt-and-gravel until you reach road 270, the final segment. While still easy with high clearance and 2WD, the road is primitive, with a rougher native surface.
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