Salmo Loop Trail

Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Colville National Forest

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Sat, Aug 04 to Mon, Aug 06, 2012


South Salmo River, Salmo -Priest Wilderness by Jane Baker

This Backcountry Response Team trip will be working within the beautiful Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the only Wilderness in the northeast part of Washington. We will be working on the Salmo Loop trail between the trailhead and the Salmo Cabin. The work will include logout and tread work making sure that this section of trail is accessible to stock. This will be a three day/two night backpacking trip where we will camp at the Salmo River crossing. Come join us in a great wilderness area that has stunning views and abundant wildlife.

The 41,000 acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness is located on the Colville National Forest in the extreme northeast corner of Washington. The wilderness is dominated by the Shedroof Divide and Crowell Ridge. We will be working on the Salmo Loop trail at the northern extent of the wilderness. The trail begins by dropping 1700 feet from the flanks of Salmo Mountain to the banks of the South Salmo river. After crossing the river the trail heads upstream to the Salmo Cabin and then ascends toward Snowy Top Mtn and intersects the Shedroof Divide trail. We will be working on the section between the trailhead and Salmo Cabin. The work will focus on logout and treadwork necessary to make the trail stock accessible.

Driving directions:
The drive from Spokane is a about a 2.5 hour drive, not including stops. From Spokane, take Highway 2 north to the junction with Highway 211 (look for signs for Cusick, Metaline Falls, etc.). Head north on 211 to the junction at Usk and turn left onto Highway 20. Continue north on Highway 20 a few miles past the rest area/museum at Tiger and the turnoff for Tiger Pass (Highway 20). A few miles past the “Airport Quick Stop” mini mart/gas station on your left, and just as you’re entering the outskirts of the town of Ione, take a poorly marked right onto paved County Road# 9345, which should have a sign directing you towards Sullivan Lake. Cross the river and stay on road #9345 (the middle road option) at the multi-road junction on the east side of the bridge and then continue on about 12 miles through the woods and past the lake, campground, and ranger station and turn right onto Forest Service Road 22. Drive about 6 miles and keep to the left at the major Y junction with the turn-off to Pass Creek Pass. This will put you on FS 2220. Follow this for 14 miles, passing Gypsy Meadows Campground and then a junction with FS 27 on your left, to the trailhead at road end.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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