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1,095,368 acres. Colville National Forest consists of several units in the northeast corner of the state. Terrain includes some rocky peaks, canyons, and glacier-carved valleys, with a number of lakes and streams. Highest point is 7,309-foot Gypsy Peak.

There’s a single designated wilderness area, the 41,350-acre SalmoPriest Wilderness. Forests are largely of mixed conifers, with Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and old-growth ponderosa pine, plus hemlock and cedar. Wildlife includes whitetailed and mule deer, moose, black bear, mountain lion, and lynx.

Activities: About 310 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking, including the 29-mile Kettle Crest Trail and the 22-mile Shed Roof Divide National Recreation Trail. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous.

Horseback riding is allowed on many trails, as is mountain biking except in the wilderness area. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available during winter here. Fishing is also possible. Hunting is permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of the National Forest without restriction, except near public recreation areas or where otherwise prohibited. No permits are required. Campfires are allowed, but the use of stoves is encouraged.

For Further Information: Colville National Forest, 695 South Main, Federal Building, Colville, WA 99114; (509)684-3711.

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