One of the most popular hikes on the Colville National Forest is the short but challenging hike to the summit of Columbia Mountain, where vistas of surrounding mountains, wildflowers and one of the oldest fire lookouts in the state await you.
The trail wraps around the base of Columbia Mountain, passing through pine forest, aspen groves and even a section of aromatic sagebrush. A variant of the hike will take you around a loop trail around the summit of the mountain. There is water available at springs at approximately 2 miles into the hike, but bring a filter as the springs are used by cattle.
Camping is available at both the trailhead and at the summit. The lookout has been restored and is open to the public for camping, but no fires or cook stoves are allowed inside or near the structure.
The summit stands at 6,760 feet and has great views to the south and west. Wildflowers abound in the summit meadow in the spring and summer.