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Red Bluff

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range
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9.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 3920 ft.


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The well-maintained Red Bluff trail is a great place to enjoy the Colville National Forest’s native flora and fauna in May through November. Wild berries, like raspberry, thimbleberry, red bearberry and wild strawberry, grow beneath a forest of aspen, birch, mountain maple trees and towering cedar trees. See delicate queen’s cup bead lily and lupine flowers blooming in the warmer months. In summer through the fall, you can also spot some lovely pearly everlasting grace blossoms.

Bighorn sheep, moose, elk, bald eagles and even the endangered woodland caribou may be seen from the trail. It is important to note that more dangerous wildlife like grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions and grey wolves have also been seen in the area, so it is important to use caution.  


Red Bluff

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Co-ordinates: 48.8564, -117.2916 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Red Bluff (#553)

Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Map: Metaline Falls

Getting There

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 the rest area/museum at Tiger where highway 20 turns left towards Tiger Pass and Colville. At this point continue straight ahead on Highway 31 and go another 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/Sullivan Lake Road, 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 along the lake to the Sullivan Lake Ranger Station and campground. Continue approximately 2.0 miles from the Ranger Station to reach the trailhead.

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