Abercrombie Mountain Trail

The Abercrombie Mountain Trail offers spectacular views

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Description: Abercrombie Mountain (7,308 feet high) is in of the Purcell Mountains on the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington. Wildfires are one way nature regenerates higher elevation forests such as this one. The trail leads through a mixed conifer forest of subalpine fir, Englemann spruce, Douglas-fir, western larch, and lodgepole pine.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

Abercrombie Trailhead is a small turnaround at the end of a high elevation single lane dirt road.  There is an information board at the junction of the turnaround and Abercrombie Trail #117 to let you know that you have made it to your destination.  The 3.2 mile Abercrombie trail is primarily wooded until it reaches the ridge top. The ridge is open with scattered trees providing breathtaking panoramic views of the Pend Oreille and Columbia River valleys as well as the Kettle Crest.  Wildflowers and huckleberries can be found during the late season and don’t miss out on exploring  the old Abercrombie Lookout that can be reached by going north where the established trail ends. There is limited dispersed camping available. You’re likely to encounter variable weather, so layered clothing and a survival kit are suggested.

Over 100 plant species occur along the gorgeous trail to the peak. Hike in July for prime wildflower viewing with brilliant displays of beargrass, silky lupine, and red paintbrush. Common shrubs include Cascades azalea, Utah honeysuckle, black elderberry, yellow mountain-heath, and dwarf huckleberry. Wildflowers not to miss are heart-leaved arnica, queen’s cup, larkspur, fireweed, subalpine daisy, rattlesnake plantain, parrot’s beak, and twisted stalk.

For geocache enthusiasts, you’ll find one on Abercrombie Mountain. Visit Geocaching.com for more information.[/read]

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3 thoughts on “Abercrombie Mountain Trail

  1. I hiked Abercrombie on Saturday Sept 26th and can only say what an absolutely lovely hike! The trailhead was easy to find with basic directions, the trail well established and easy to follow, and the views were spectacular. I missed all but a few straggling wildflowers but was treated to the very last huckleberry on the mountain. (I am quite sure!) The deep and brilliant scarlett hues of Autumn are at the peak- both in time and altitude.

    The trail gains quite a bit of vert (perhaps 2000′?) but the steady and gradual climb was not overwhelming to me which is saying a lot since I broke my ankle almost 4 months ago and am chubbyhiker.

    I don’t geocache (yet) but I couldn’t help but think there were hidden treasures all over the mountian peak. Enjoy!

    p.s. I don’t know what it is called but the “medallion” that marks the high point did not have the peak name or the elevation marked on it. Anyone know why?

  2. We were too eager and tried to hike Abercrombie on March 29, 2016; but the trail is still under deep snow! We drove about one fourth of the way to USFS 7078 and almost got our car stuck in the snow and deep mud. It was such a beautiful day, we decided instead to hike to the trail head because the snow had a thick crust on it. I think the animals haven’t seen humans all winter up there because we saw cat tracks (maybe cougar or lynx, I’m not a familiar with the difference between their prints) on the road, moose droppings and tracks, coyote tracks, turkey tracks, and on our way back, we saw fresh wolf tracks (only a lone wolf) that had crossed our path while we were on the mountain. Slightly unnerving! I think the snow at the top is still about two or three feet deep though we didn’t measure it because on one portion of the road, we sunk above our knees. We hiked over ten miles but had to turn back before reaching the trail head because the sun was setting. We’ll be back to conquer Abercrombie in the summer!

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