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Watershed Crest Trail: Phase 1

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


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Point to Point

6,104' 1,861 m

High

4,199' 1,280 m

Low

1,908' 582 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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

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

Overview

This trail follows the east ridge to just south of the summit of Schweitzer Mountain resort. The upper portions open out into beargrass and huckleberry meadows with killer views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River.

Description

This trail starts at the roundabout on Schweitzer Mountain Road. It makes its way through beautiful alpine forests and breaks out onto stunning beargrass and huckleberry meadows. Though often steep, the trail 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jim Mellen

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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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
In case you need a break, the blue chair is there for you!
Nov 6, 2015 near Ponderay, ID

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Jul 1, 2018
Kimberly Spencer
I was really looking forward to this hike! The driving directions took us to Viewski Loop though, and we never did find Watershed Crest