Boy Scout Troop 989 cleared the 1.4 mile Quartzite Trail to the summit of iconic Quartzite Mountain in 2004, and have maintained it yearly since then. Over time they have added switch backs and improved the trail so that hikers could have a safe way to gain the sweeping views from the top of Quartzite, which looms protectively over the small Northeast Washington town of Chewelah. The hike is short, but steep, and is not advised for very young children. At the 1 mile mark you’ll see the Boy Scout camp area. Look for the mailbox where hikers can leave notes, and for the commemorative metal park bench situated near the edge of the mountain, in honor of Army veteran Steven Jennings.