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East Moscow Mountain, Idaho

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
47.3865, -121.3848
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
900 feet
Highest Point
4,721 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
View from East Moscow Mountain. Photo by RichP. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

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Hiking East Moscow Mountain, Idaho

This is not in Washington but it's only a stone's throw from the border. Moscow Mtn is the highpoint of The Palouse Range, an 10-mile ridge that runs from near the Washington/Idaho border to north of the town of Troy, Id. 

Much of the area is private timber land but access is open for recreation during the daytime. Parking for this hike is at the old site of the Tamarack Ski Area which is long gone. The access road is also called Tamarack and is plowed to about 3800' where snow enthusiasts can enjoy miles of roads for skiing and snowshoeing. 

East Moscow Mtn is the site of an old lookout which is long gone as well but the views south are exceptional of the Palouse and the entire region including the Wallowas, The Blue Mtns and Seven Devils Range. 

It's relatively short hike of 4.4 miles and 900' of gain but one can also visit the ancient cedar grove another mile up the road or the actual highpoint of Moscow Mtn a bit further than that for a longer outing. 

East Moscow Mountain, Idaho

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Before You Go

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Getting There

Starting at the intersection of US 95 at Idaho Rt. 8 in Moscow, travel 11 miles east on Rt. 8 to the village of Troy. Just before the village center, turn left onto Big Meadow Road (signed). Take the immediate left onto Randall Flat Road (signed). After two miles, turn right onto Tamarack Road (signed). Follow Tamarack Road for four miles until you reach the ridgeline and park.

Hike: From the parking area, proceed 0.9 miles on the now single lane Tamarack Road. After 0.9 miles, turn left onto the single lane Moscow Mountain Road. After 0.6 miles, turn left onto the single lane road leading to East Moscow summit. Follow this road 0.7 miles to the viewpoint. Approximately 0.25 miles before the viewpoint, bear right at the fork. The left fork leads to the abandoned Moscow Mountain picnic area, and a lovely stand of western redcedar.

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Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

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East Moscow Mountain, Idaho

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