Abercrombie Mountain

Colville, Washington 99114

Abercrombie Mountain

Abercrombie Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Abercrombie and its lofty neighbors form an impressive green wall above the Columbia and Pend Oreille rivers. Just one lousy foot is all that keeps this impressive peak from being
Eastern Washington’s highest summit. That honor goes to nearby Gypsy Peak.

Still, this summit is impressive—the views are grand, the meadows resplendent. And Abercrombie is a lot easier to get to than Gypsy."

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"Abercrombie Mountain and its neighbors, Sherlock Peak and Hooknose Mountain, are the three prominent high points between the Columbia River on the west and the Pend Oreille River on the east.

Hikers who reach their summits enjoy panoramic views of these two major river valleys plus the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, Canadian peaks, and on a clear day, the North Cascades. Conservationists have proposed this area be designated wilderness."

"Climb 3.5 miles to one of Washington’s most remote peaks with lofty views from a rocky, exposed ridge, the former site of a fire lookout.

This windswept vantage point near the Canadian border doesn’t see too many visitors, so you’re likely to find lonely trail here and enjoy one of the highest summits east of the Cascades by yourself."

"Abercrombie Mountain Trail No. 117 angles uphill through cool forest and soon begins switchbacking to gain more than 900 feet of elevation in the 1.5 miles to the junction with Silver Creek Trail No. 119. Turn left, contouring before starting another series of nine wellgraded switchbacks that lead to the open south ridge guarded by old silvery snags."

"One foot! Just 1 lousy foot is all that keeps this lofty peak from being eastern Washington’s highest summit. That honor goes to nearby Gypsy Peak. Still, this summit is impressive—the views are grand, the meadows resplendent! And Abercrombie is a lot easier to get to than Gypsy. So although this peak is 1 foot shy of being eastern Washington’s number one summit, it’s still a great feat to tackle, by two feet or four.

The hike to the 7308-foot summit is short, but steep in sections. Except for a few rocky places near the top, the tread is good. For the first mile water is readily available, but beyond that it’s a pretty dry hike. Hike this on a cool day, especially when the skies are clear. The view from this summit is extensive, from the Cascades to the Selkirks, the Monashees to the Purcells, the Pend Oreille River to the Columbia, and the Kootenay Valley all the way to the Columbia Plateau."

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8/1/2008
Indeed this was a lonely trail. My partner and I were the only ones who were on the trail and another couple followed us at the Summit. It felt great to have conquered the Summit and having it all to just four of us. We had the perfect weather and the trail was easy except that it started to become steeper in the last 500 feet to the Summit. The views of the rolling alpines, the views, the meadows were so breathtaking. We stayed for half hour at the Summit while enjoying the scenery, experiencing the misty breeze and the relief that hot rocks gave me.
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9/24/2007
Good short hike. Strenuous, but not too long for out of shape people to attempt. Seems a little longer than the 3+ miles though.
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Trail Information

Colville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.4
Distance
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best mid-June through October
Season
Colville NF, Three Rivers Ranger District, Colville
Local Contacts
USGS, Abercrombie
Local Maps

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Oct 2018