See a historic trapper’s cabin along the Bear Pot Trail
Description: The Bear Pot Trailhead is located at the end of forest road 2055. Here you’ll find space for camping, but no amenities or services. There is room for up to four truck/trailer rigs with plenty of turnaround room.Read more
When it’s time to hit the trail, you’ll begin at a seasonal wetland. This spruce bog that may be much cooler and wetter than other sections of the trail, which soon enough will leave the damp behind and take you into a dry, quiet lodgepole pine forest. It is a short and easy trail with a 150 foot climb over the last quarter mile. The Bear Pot Trail area is also well-used by game, so keep an eye out for evidence of moose, cougar, elk, bear and deer. At about the half-mile mark you’ll come upon a historic well-decayed trapper’s cabin. Eventually the trail will meander past huge old-growth ponderosa pines, western larch and Douglas-fir, with some aspens thrown in for good measure. You’ll see interesting geographic formations, as some of the oldest rocks in Washington can be found in this area.
At approximately the one-mile point, which is about half-way, you’ll reach the junction of Thirteenmile Trail #23, which will eventually wind down to the San Poil River. Take this trail to extend your hike, if you like.
Driving directions: From Highway 20 7.2 miles east of Republic, turn right (south) onto Hall Creek Road (FS Road 2050). At 5.3 miles, bear right at the junction with spur road 600; Hall Creek Road now becomes FS 2054. Continue 2.7 miles to the intersection with Refrigerator Canyon Road (FS 2053). Turn left to continue on FS 2054. At 0.7 miles from the intersection with FS 2053, turn left onto Bear Pot Road 2055. Continue on this road 3.5 miles to the undeveloped trailhead.