20th Anniversary - Sullivan Lake District Trails

Sullivan Lake Ranger District - Colville National Forest

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Sep 14, 2013


Sullivan Lake and Hall Mtn. Photo by Treeana

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of WTA's trail maintenance program! In the extreme northeast corner of the state Sullivan Lake and the Salmo-Priest Wilderness are two unheralded gems of the state. Sullivan Lake sparkles below the slopes of Hall Mtn., famous for one of the largest bighorn sheep herds in the state. The Wilderness itself is dominated by the Shedroof Divide and Crowell Ridge. We will be working on either the Shedroof Divide trail or Sullivan Lake trail. The Shedroof Divide trail traces the spine of the ridge from Shedroof Mountain south to Pass Creek Pass. The work party will focus on the south end of the divide starting at the Pass Creek Pass trailhead and some much needed tread work. The lakeshore trail follows the undeveloped east side of the lake for its entire length. We will be focusing on treadwork along the northern half of the trail. There are several spots where the trail bed needs to widened and a few places that may require the construction of rock walls to support the trail. We will be working in the area for a couple of days and camping is available at Sullivan Lake if you want to stay overnight.

We will be working in the Sullivan Lake area for a couple of days and camping is available near the bunkhouse at the north end of the Forest Service compound. This the meeting spot in the driving directions.

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of WTA's trail maintenance program! Sullivan Lake is the gateway to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the only wilderness area in the Colville National Forest. This beautiful mountain lake is located below the slopes of Hall Mtn. Hall Mtn itself is home to one of the states largest herds of bighorn sheep and has a great trail running to the summit and the site of an abandoned lookout. The lake has two very nice campgrounds at either end giving folks access to the lake for swimming, fishing, and boating. Along the undeveloped east shore of the lake the Lakeshore trail extends for 4 miles between campgrounds. The trail has a rolling character and never gains or loses a lot of elevation. It traverses through woods and open scree slopes with great views of the lake. The Shedroof Divide trail is a spectacular 20 mile ridge trail along the Washington/Idaho border with spectacular views west toward the Okanogan Highlands and east towards the Idaho Selkirks.

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 for 31 miles to where Highway 20 turns left towards Tiger Pass. Continue straight on Highway 31 towards Metaline Falls for 3.1 miles 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. At the north end of the lake just past a small bridge the public campground entrance is on the right followed quickly by the ranger station entrance on the left. Continue another 0.2 miles as the road circles around to the north of the ranger station compound and take a driveway to your right into a parking area for the bunkhouse. We will be meeting here each morning and using the field near the bunkhouse for camping.


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

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