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Abercrombie Mountain Loop

 5 votes

21.6 Miles 34.7 Kilometers


55%

Singletrack

4,781' 1,457 m

Ascent

-4,771' -1,454 m

Descent

7,290' 2,222 m

High

2,751' 838 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Unknown

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Climb to the sub-alpine top of Abercrombie Mountain & enjoy one of the best descents in Eastern WA.

Kyle F

Overview

Abercrombie Mountain is a great backcountry ride in Northeast Washington State. Along with the Kettle Crest, it is some of the only sub-alpine riding in Eastern Washington. Weather can be a concern here, especially if you go all the way to the summit (elevation 7200'): you may start in warmer weather but by the time you summit, the temps are usually cooler and usually windy up top so stow a light jacket just in case.

Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 provides access to the summit. This trail is rocky and steep but provides some of the best scenery of the ride, sub-alpine meadows, and big open views are common for the upper portion of the trail. If you are unable to ride the trail to the top, you should still walk up and experience the summit views and interesting scree field at the top. Bring the bike though as you may be able to ride down, even if you had to hike up.

The flowy North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119 is a blast to descend and will likely have you smiling all the way down. This will certainly become a classic, it's just a fun ride to experience.

Need to Know

This ride is also commonly done as a shuttle between the lower trailhead North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119 and upper trailhead Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 . This will remove the dirt forest service road climb and approximately 2200' of elevation gain.

It could also be ridden as an out-and-back by climbing steeply up North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119.

Depending on the time of year, the weather and temperatures can vary drastically on this ride. Check local forecasts and pack accordingly. There is nearly a 5,000 vertical feet elevation change from the bottom.

Description

Driving directions: From US Hwy 395 in Colville, travel east on WA-20 (E 3rd Ave). In just over a mile, turn left on Aladdin Road and stay on Aladdin for 25.5 miles. Hang a right on Deep Lake Boundary Road and follow for 7.3 miles. Turn right on Silver Creek Road, at 1.9 miles, stay right to go to the lower trailhead. At 2.3 miles, stay left at fork, the lower trailhead is in just over a mile at the end of the road.

To ride the loop, ride back down on the road approximately 1.7 miles and turn right on Road #7078. The climb up begins here. It is approximately 7.5 more miles to the upper trailhead. Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 begins here.

The trail climbs up steeply on an old road bed. The forest is thick through here and the foliage has grown over the old road leaving a trail that is mostly singletrack up to a 'T' intersection with North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119. Continue left up Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 from here to reach the summit and sub-alpine zone for the loop. From here, the trail is smooth and flowy for a bit but it begins to get more rocky and rugged as you go up in elevation. You'll start to break out into nice sub-alpine meadows which provide nice open views of the surrounding country. The trail becomes extremely rocky and rough the last 3/4 mile to the summit, but if you enjoy rocky technical riding then dragging your bike to the top is a must.

The summit provides excellent views from its rocky top. On a clear day, you can see all the surrounding mountains of British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Drop that saddle and enjoy the loose and rocky technical riding off the summit back down to the junction with North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119. From here, just continue straight forward and begin the fun, 5.9-mile descent back to the car. The trail has a couple small punchy hills on the way down but is almost entirely downhill.

While the area doesn't see much use, please keep in mind these are multi-use trails. Hikers and equestrians do use these trails, especially Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117, so please be mindful of that and yield to other users and watch out for wildlife such as moose (especially in the fall when rutting season begins).

History & Background

Abercrombie Mountain is the second highest peak in Eastern Washington and is the 7th most prominent peak in the state. A lookout once stood on the summit but only the footings and what looks like an old box spring remain today. The summit is a wind scoured screen field and makes an interesting lunch stop. There is an ammo canister serving as a geocache with a sign in book.

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Aug 27, 2017
Rick Shauvin
Aug 26, 2017
Scott Atkison
Little dusty in spots, otherwise perfect. Downhill from top is pure bliss. Road up is a bit tedious - will do out and back on trail next time 21mi
Jul 15, 2017
Dave Dutro
trail is is great shape 21mi
Sep 11, 2016
Jeffrey Mergler
Brutal ride, but well worth it for the test of stamina, the 360 degree views at the top, and the killer decent back to the car.

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Enjoyed the climb up on the FS road and of course the descent all the way back down to the car at Silver Creek. Hiking up to the summit was cool....but next time I'd skip it, just hang the right and bomb back to the car. Great little CG at Silver Creek with a pit toilet, tables, fire rings and a stream to filter water. Next time I'd camp there to get an early start. Tough ride but worth the pain. Aug 28, 2017

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