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Owl Mountain

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.9562, -118.2632 Map & Directions
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,000 feet
Highest Point
4,730 feet
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First views of Owl Mountain. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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Owl Mountain is a challenging hike to a remote viewpoint in the far northeast corner of the Kettle River Range. Continue reading

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Hiking Owl Mountain

Owl Mountain is a challenging hike to a remote viewpoint in the far northeast corner of the Kettle River Range. Although open to motorized use, the trail receives light visitation by any user group. The fall hunting season may be the busiest time on this trail, and hikers are advised to be aware of hunting seasons and wear bright colors.

The trail grades are steep and the hike should be considered difficult, but as an area considered for a Potential Wilderness Area by the USFS in 2009, the area holds much of interest to hikers. Lynx, wolverine, and American marten are among the rare species for which this area contains good habitat.

Neither the trail nor the Forest Roads leading to it are well marked or well maintained, so this hike is best for well-prepared and adventurous hikers. High clearance vehicles are recommend to access the trailhead. The driving directions describe access from the east side of the Owl Mountain Trail, although an alternate trailhead is available on the west side of the mountain as well.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Owl Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.9562, -118.2632 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the town of Orient on Highway 395, turn west on Eslick Road. Eslick intersects Little Boulder Creek Road in 4.3 miles. Turn west on Little Boulder Creek Road and continue 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 150 and continue 3.6 miles to Forest Road 215. At the junction with Forest Road 215 park along the side of the road and begin the hike up the old roadbed (or consider parking earlier and using a bike to access the upper reaches of the road system if attempting to access this hike in a low clearance vehicle). 

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Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Owl Mountain (#Trail 102)

Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District

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