Columbia Mountain

Copper Butte, Washington

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The epicenter of a 1988 wildfire that scorched more than 20,000 acres along the Kettle Crest, White Mountain’s natural communities were radically altered—but not destroyed. Nature is resilient and always in flux. It didn’t take long for feisty pine saplings to burst from the blackened soil. Grasses and a profusion of wildflowers now carpet the once scorched forest floor. And the now-more-diverse floral cover favors a wider variety of wild critters. Moose, deer, bear, coyote, and cougar are abundant, woodpeckers and raptors profuse.

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"The epicenter of a 1988 wildfire that scorched more than 20,000 acres along the Kettle Crest, White Mountain’s natural communities were radically altered—but not destroyed. Nature is resilient and always in flux. It didn’t take long for feisty pine saplings to burst from the blackened soil. Grasses and a profusion of wildflowers now carpet the once scorched forest floor. And the now-more-diverse floral cover favors a wider variety of wild critters. Moose, deer, bear, coyote, and cougar are abundant, woodpeckers and raptors profuse."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Copper Butte
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June-November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Curlew Lake State Park

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Jun 2018