Mount Leona Trail

Republic, Washington

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An easy climb, Mount Leona offers far-reaching views and a chance for you and your dog to explore some lonely country. That’s the good news. The bad news is that ol’ Leona has been through some tough times. Wildfires in 2001 scorched her summit, and earlier fires raised havoc on her eastern slopes. The burnt areas, if left alone, will do just fine over time; however, this is range country and wayward bovines haven’t been allowing the mountain to recover. Still, the views are wonderful and there are nice pockets of primeval forest along the way. Raptors catch thermals above while busy nuthatches work the woods. Your dog’s ears will constantly be piqued as she tries to decipher the nonstop avian cacophony. City dogs may be intrigued by the “mooing deer” that linger at the trailhead. “Mittens, that’s where hamburger comes from!”
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

An easy climb, Mount Leona offers far-reaching views and a chance for you and your dog to explore some lonely country. That’s the good news. The bad news is that ol’ Leona has been through some tough times. Wildfires in 2001 scorched her summit, and earlier fires raised havoc on her eastern slopes. The burnt areas, if left alone, will do just fine over time; however, this is range country and wayward bovines haven’t been allowing the mountain to recover.

Still, the views are wonderful and there are nice pockets of primeval forest along the way. Raptors catch thermals above while busy nuthatches work the woods. Your dog’s ears will constantly be piqued as she tries to decipher the nonstop avian cacophony. City dogs may be intrigued by the “mooing deer” that linger at the trailhead. “Mittens, that’s where hamburger comes from!”

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Republic
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,325 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,100 feet
Top Elevation: 6,474 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Leona
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Leona Trail

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