2017 Hiking Guide

OVERVIEW Located 7 miles south of Tonasket, the Carter Mountain wildlife unit includes over 2,240 acres of federal shrub steppe, dry grasslands, and mixed conifer forest. Known for its abundant wildlife and rich diversity of plants, the preserve is also home to golden eagles and a wide variety of migratory birds. Private property borders a significant portion of the Carter Mountain Unit, so please respect private property and heed the posted signs where vehicle access is not permitted. DESCRIPTION A variety of easy to moderate hiking trails range all over the terrain, varying from broad valleys to rugged, rocky hillsides and provide a host of out- and-back or loop trails. There are, however, no developed restrooms or other facilities on the preserve at this time. ROUND TRIP: 6 Miles ELEVATION GAIN: 503 ft. HIKING SEASON: SP/SU/F NOTES: Bring your binoculars! Carter Mountain supports a thriving population of black bears, mule deer, cougars, and bobcats. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Tonasket via North Pine Creek Rd – From Tonasket, go west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn left (south) on Hwy 7 and proceed 1 mile to North Pine Creek Road. Turn right (west) and drive 5 ½ miles to a parking area on left side of road. Look for a reader board adjacent to parking area. Or from Tonasket via Highway 97 – Drive south on Hwy 97 approximately 7 ¼ miles. Turn right onto gravel road just past wide pull-out lined with poplar trees and proceed about 100 yards to parking area on right. Do not drive uphill past signs – WDFW vehicle access only. PARKING PASS: Discover or Vehicle Access Pass 4 CARTER MOUNTAIN [ TONASKET, WASHINGTON ]