Buck Mountain Loop

Conconully, Washington

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This short but immensely rewarding side trip off S.R. 20 takes you to a 6,135-foot peak on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range. The views of the region where Washington’s dry eastern expanse meets the forested mountains is outstanding. But of course, as with all lookout sites, the best views are from the summit, where the state maintains a 20-foot-tall lookout for emergency use. Unfortunately, access to the tower, built in 1961, is restricted to Washington Department of Natural Resources personnel. This is an easy-to-moderate 4WD route, although it becomes fairly rough, steep and narrow along the final 1.5 miles or so. I recommend using low-range 4WD. There is one tight switchback that you may have to take in two moves.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This short but immensely rewarding side trip off S.R. 20 takes you to a 6,135-foot peak on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range. The views of the region where Washington’s dry eastern expanse meets the forested mountains is outstanding. But of course, as with all lookout sites, the best views are from the summit, where the state maintains a 20-foot-tall lookout for emergency use. Unfortunately, access to the tower, built in 1961, is restricted to Washington Department of Natural Resources personnel.

This is an easy-to-moderate 4WD route, although it becomes fairly rough, steep and narrow along the final 1.5 miles or so. I recommend using low-range 4WD. There is one tight switchback that you may have to take in two moves.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Conconully
Distance: 11.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Natural Resources; Okanogan National Forest, Methow Ranger District
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Okanogan National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Buck Mountain Loop

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