Trail No. 266 heads steeply up into the trees and some switchbacks before continuing up in a long traverse. After 2 miles, it eases onto a bench with a creek, where water spreads to nourish fern meadows and a long grove of ancient cedars that extends up and across the Washington–Idaho state line at 2.5 miles. Huckleberries that don’t ripen until late in the season begin showing up among the beargrass. Usually there’s no shortage of evidence that elk are in the area.
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