Copper Butte Trail

Malo, Washington

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Occupying the transition zones between the Cascades and Rockies, the steppe and interior highlands, the Kettles contain incredible biological diversity. A hike to the range’s highest summit, 7140-foot Copper Butte, makes for a wonderful introduction to this isolated range. By way of the Marcus trail you’ll traverse old-growth, fire-succession, and subalpine forests, as well as alpine meadows. Especially meadows. Nearly half of the Marcus trail climbs gracefully through some of the largest and most prolific alpine meadows in the entire range. And where there are meadows, there are flowers—a score of varieties and a near-infinite number of blossoms.
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by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Occupying the transition zones between the Cascades and Rockies, the steppe and interior highlands, the Kettles contain incredible biological diversity.

A hike to the range’s highest summit, 7140-foot Copper Butte, makes for a wonderful introduction to this isolated range. By way of the Marcus trail you’ll traverse old-growth, fire-succession, and subalpine forests, as well as alpine meadows. Especially meadows. Nearly half of the Marcus trail climbs gracefully through some of the largest and most prolific alpine meadows in the entire range. And where there are meadows, there are flowers—a score of varieties and a near-infinite number of blossoms.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Malo
Distance: 9.5
Elevation Gain: 2,390 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Hikable: Mid-May through October, Best flowers: Late May through July
Local Contacts: Republic Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Copper Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Butte Trail

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