Sherman Pass Loop

Wilbur, Washington

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This 193-mile loop twice crosses Roosevelt Lake (Columbia River) on small ferries, then travels through the Colville Indian Reservation range and forest lands and the highest mountain pass (5,575 feet) that is open year-round in Washington, after which it closely follows the shore of Roosevelt Lake for 70 miles. Here on the south side of Roosevelt Lake, away from the reservation, there are no trees. Everything is sagebrush range with little coulees, big coulees, and bumpy hills. This is a very dry environment, much like the Palouse southeast toward Oregon and Idaho. The drive crosses a dozen miles of rolling wheatfields and then descends steep bluffs to Roosevelt Lake. Special attractions: Fort Spokane, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, Colville Indian Reservation, Sherman Pass, Eocene fossil beds, Spokane Indian Reservation. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Washington

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Scenic Driving Washington

by Steve Giordano (Falcon Guides)

This 193-mile loop twice crosses Roosevelt Lake (Columbia River) on small ferries, then travels through the Colville Indian Reservation range and forest lands and the highest mountain pass (5,575 feet) that is open year-round in Washington, after which it closely follows the shore of Roosevelt Lake for 70 miles. Here on the south side of Roosevelt Lake, away from the reservation, there are no trees. Everything is sagebrush range with little coulees, big coulees, and bumpy hills.

This is a very dry environment, much like the Palouse southeast toward Oregon and Idaho. The drive crosses a dozen miles of rolling wheatfields and then descends steep bluffs to Roosevelt Lake. Special attractions: Fort Spokane, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, Colville Indian Reservation, Sherman Pass, Eocene fossil beds, Spokane Indian Reservation. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Steve Giordano/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Wilbur
Distance: 193
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Grand Coulee Dam National Recreation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Sherman Pass Loop

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