Wapaloosie Mountain

Copper Butte, Washington 99151

Wapaloosie Mountain

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"The trail starts with a short descent to Sherman Creek (elev. 4300 ft), reaching a junction at 0.1 mile with the Sherman Pass Trail. Continue straight on the Jungle Hill Trail, crossing the creek and beginning to climb. The trail parallels Sherman Creek for a short distance and eventually pulls away from it, although you’ll hear its tumbling waters for most of the hike."

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano
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"The finest meadows on the west slopes of the Kettle Range belong to Copper Mountain, but nearby Wapaloosie Mountain can lay claim to the best meadows on the east slope. Although the two peaks are separated by only one other summit along the Kettle crest, they are uniquely different. You’ll want to hike Wapaloosie for the early season blossoms. As soon as the snow melts by midspring, arrowleaf balsamroot speckles the mountainside bright yellow. Arnica, yellow violets, and mountain dandelions pitch in. In due time the floral guard is changed; alpine lupine takes over to punctuate the soft greens and flaxen yellows of the sedges and grasses with various shades of violet. Trailing harebells make sure that the meadows get one more dose of purple before turning drab by late summer." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer
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"One of the highest summits on the Kettle Crest, Wapaloosie Mountain offers extensive views and some of the finest alpine meadows in eastern Washington. With a predominantly southeastern exposure, the Wapaloosie Trail melts outs early, allowing you and your dog some great early-season high-country hiking. However, this blessing can be a curse, because after late June water can be scarce on this peak. Pack extra for you and Lassie. Although Wapaloosie’s lofty reaches often bake in the sun, the foot of this mountain is surrounded by extensive wetlands. There’s always a chance to spot a wayward moose, but you’re guaranteed to come within striking distance of a much more prolific critter: the dreaded mosquito! In early summer they breed, swarm, and launch a mean offensive at the trailhead." Read more

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Copper Butte
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Curlew Lake State Park
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Dec 2018