Wapaloosie Mountain Trail

Republic, Washington

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One of the highest summits on the Kettle Crest, Wapaloosie Mountain offers extensive views and some of the finest alpine meadows in eastern Washington. With a predominantly southeastern exposure, the Wapaloosie Trail melts outs early, allowing you and your dog some great early-season high-country hiking. However, this blessing can be a curse, because after late June water can be scarce on this peak. Pack extra for you and Lassie. Although Wapaloosie’s lofty reaches often bake in the sun, the foot of this mountain is surrounded by extensive wetlands. There’s always a chance to spot a wayward moose, but you’re guaranteed to come within striking distance of a much more prolific critter: the dreaded mosquito! In early summer they breed, swarm, and launch a mean offensive at the trailhead.
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)

One of the highest summits on the Kettle Crest, Wapaloosie Mountain offers extensive views and some of the finest alpine meadows in eastern Washington. With a predominantly southeastern exposure, the Wapaloosie Trail melts outs early, allowing you and your dog some great early-season high-country hiking.

However, this blessing can be a curse, because after late June water can be scarce on this peak. Pack extra for you and Lassie. Although Wapaloosie’s lofty reaches often bake in the sun, the foot of this mountain is surrounded by extensive wetlands. There’s always a chance to spot a wayward moose, but you’re guaranteed to come within striking distance of a much more prolific critter: the dreaded mosquito! In early summer they breed, swarm, and launch a mean offensive at the trailhead.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Republic
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,018 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District, Kettle Falls
Local Maps: USGS Copper Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Wapaloosie Mountain Trail

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