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Highpoint Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.1 mile 4.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,318' 402 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 6,104' 1,861 m
Low: 4,789' 1,460 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Jim Mellen

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This is part of phase 1 of the Watershed Crest Trail with stunning views of Lake Pend Oreille.

Jim Mellen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

None unless mud is an issue during spring breakup or the snow is too deep.

Description

This trail starts from a gravel road just above Sidewinder and makes its way through beautiful alpine forests and breaks out onto stunning beargrass and huckleberry meadows. The pitch is nice and steady but unrelenting. Benches have been placed at some of the viewpoints in case you need a break. The tread is smooth, which makes travel along the way relaxed and pleasant. The views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River are absolutely gorgeous!

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers in spring/summer, deer, elk moose and bears inhabit this area.

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Photos

The top of Sidewinder
Nov 6, 2015 near Ponderay, ID
A snowy Sunday jaunt on the Highpoint trail.
Nov 9, 2015 near Ponderay, ID
Dave Reseska builds trail on a work day
Oct 31, 2015 near Ponderay, ID

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