Thunder Mountain Loop Trail

Metaline Falls, Washington

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This is a great loop into some of the loneliest country in northeastern Washington. Although you’ll hike 7 miles along the lofty Shedroof Divide, the views are limited. The solitude is what makes this trek. You’ll probably be alone, except for other four-legged critters. This is bear country and your buddy will pick up on that immediately. There is an exceptional amount of bear sign in this area, so use caution and keep your furry friend close by. However, it’s not the bears that are the main concern on this hike. It’s the lack of water. It’s plentiful at both ends of the hike, but come late July this stretch along the Shedroof can be waterless. You’ll need to pack a few quarts for the two of you, especially if you plan on camping halfway, near the tempting slopes of Thunder Mountain.
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)

This is a great loop into some of the loneliest country in northeastern Washington. Although you’ll hike 7 miles along the lofty Shedroof Divide, the views are limited. The solitude is what makes this trek. You’ll probably be alone, except for other four-legged critters. This is bear country and your buddy will pick up on that immediately.

There is an exceptional amount of bear sign in this area, so use caution and keep your furry friend close by. However, it’s not the bears that are the main concern on this hike. It’s the lack of water. It’s plentiful at both ends of the hike, but come late July this stretch along the Shedroof can be waterless. You’ll need to pack a few quarts for the two of you, especially if you plan on camping halfway, near the tempting slopes of Thunder Mountain.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Metaline Falls
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Best late June to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Salmo Mt., Helmer Mt.
Driving Directions: Directions to Thunder Mountain Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2007
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The first few miles of this trail has variable scenory, but when you reach two miles into the trail it is BEAUTIFUL!!



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