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Hall Mountain

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range
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Length

14.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 4130 ft.
Highest Point: 6323 ft.

Rating

3.38 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2011
 
 
 

Climb, climb, climb through several stages of eastern forest to open wildflower filled alpine meadows and inspired views on this abandoned lookout peak.

Start on the Noisy Creek Trail, just off the main road to Sullivan Lake and adjacent to the Noisy Creek Campground, and begin the long, steady ascent up the mountain. The trail works its way through aspen and paper birch forests, providing an occasional view of Sullivan Lake below, before it enters a more densely forested section along Noisy Creek. The trail crosses Noisy Creek at approximately 2 miles; this is a rock hop late in the season, but can be a difficult crossing during spring runoff.

After the crossing, the route becomes steeper. Near 3.5 miles, the trail leaves Noisy Creek, so be sure to top off your water bottles—there’s no water source from this point on. The dry section of trail transitions into pine forest until the junction with the Hall Mountain Trail at the 5-mile mark. The Hall Mountain Trail continues to—you guessed it—climb steadily, gradually giving way to meadows of lush grass and wildflowers. Watch for lupine, Indian paintbrush, aster, flax, fireweed and sagebrush.

Just before the summit, Sullivan Lake comes into view once more, this time far, far below. From the top, you can imagine what the view from the lookout tower must have been like. Originally installed in 1930, the 10-foot tower was destroyed in the 1950s. Only the concrete base remains. Looking west, pick out the profiles of Abercrombie and Hooknose Mountains; to the north, Sullivan Mountain Lookout is visible, as well as Crowell Ridge; and to the east, the entire Shedroof Divide is in the foreground, with Idaho’s Selkirks off in the distance.

 

Hall Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.8075, -117.2584 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Hall Mountain (#540)

Colville National Forest

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington by Rich Landers and Craig Romano

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

50 Hikes for Eastern Washington's Highest Mountains by James P. Johnson

USGS Metaline Falls

Getting There

From Spokane, take US 2 north past Pend Oreille County Park. Turn onto
SR 211 north to Usk, then north on SR 20 to Tiger. Turn right on Sullivan Lake Road just before Ione. Look for the Noisy Creek Campground and trailhead at the south end of Sullivan Lake.

 

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