South Fork Silver Creek Trail

Colville, Washington 99114

South Fork Silver Creek Trail

South Fork Silver Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"want to check out the area’s other trails. Utilizing an old jeep road, the trail begins along the creek and cuts through a lovely forest of larch, hemlock, birch, and poplar. In early season the forest floor blazes with pink and white trilliums.

Yellow violets add their touch, too. After 1 mile you’ll cross the creek, and in another mile you’ll cross the creek again. The log crossing is a bit iffy, so you may want to follow your pup through the water, if it’s not too deep."

South Fork Silver Creek Trail Reviews

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The hike is beautiful, and the view at the end is pretty nice. The trail is fairly well maintained, and we even met the contractor (Dave) who does the work of chainsawing fallen trees off the trail and clearing brush. The lower part of the trail which follows the creek is about as beautiful as you'll find anywhere, and is exactly the kind of babbling brook that nature photographers dream about. The switchback portion was arduous, but not overly steep. There are a number of places where water flows across the trail, but most have culverts. We had to cross three muddy sections, made worse by the passage of horses. We camped at the turnoff for Gunsight Pass. There's one good place for a tent, but otherwise the terrain is rocky at the top. Campfires ok'd by the Rangers, but the wind makes it hard to keep the fire from burning itself out quickly. Lots of very dry firewood available. A small creek was just 2-4 minutes walk further. Not a day hike, unless you like a real workout. Bugs: No yellowjackets, but there were flies that looked just like them. Also deerflies and ticks. Make sure to pack bug spray with DEET in it. Mosquitoes at low altitudes.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
7 hours
Best late May to mid-October
3,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,400 feet
Top Elevation
Colville National Forest, Colville Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Deep Lake, Metaline
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018