2017 Hiking Guide

What is it you love most about being in the mountains? Is it the panoramic vistas, the challenge, the wildflowers and animals, or the freedom and solitude? Or is it something bigger and harder to express than that? Well, if you are at all like me, it’s each of those things in varying proportion and on different days. Depending on the time of year, the prevailing wind, the relative humidity and whether or not I remembered to pack enough Ibuprofen, my idea of the perfect hike can just as easily entail a day spent identifying wildflowers as it can be climbing to the top of a remote summit, riding horseback through an alpine meadow, or hanging by my fingertips off the business end of a climbing rope. In fact, the only consistency in my obsession with mountains is that in the 50 years I have spent traveling the world in search of peak experiences, I have always wound up right back here -- in Okanogan Country. And for good reason. Whether your definition of the ideal outing means bird watching, taking the kids for a walk along the river, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, riding your horse to a remote mountain lake, or sitting in camp listening to the wind hiss through the Ponderosa pines, Okanogan Country is big and varied enough to encompass whatever adventure you might have in mind. Our 199 days of sunshine per year, friendly locals, great amenities, and staggeringly diverse terrain means that you can pick your favorite season and still avoid the crowds. Hiking in Okanogan Country *The Okanogan Country Hiking Guide is produced by the Okanogan County Tourism Council. No portion of this guide may be reproduced without permission of OCTC. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of information, we will not be held liable for inaccurate information. This publication funded in part by Okanogan County Hotel Motel Lodging Tax Fund. Camping Snake Warning Water Dogs Allowed Swimming Wildflowers Fishing Mountain Viewing Wildlife Lookout for these icons to know what to expect!