Our walking trails and short hikes are easy and fun for the whole family!
The Washington & Great Northern rail bed follows the Similkameen River west from Oroville Washington. A second trailhead one mile west of Oroville offers an easy hike to the tall girder bridge spanning the river. Another 2 miles takes you to the Similkameen Falls overlook and the end of the 3.5 mile trail.
Plans call for the trail to continue 12.5 miles to the ghost town of Nighthawk. The non-motorized Similkameen Trail is a nice easy grade suitable for all ages. Benches and historic descriptions are available along the trail.
Be sure to visit the Old Depot Museum and Visitors Center near the Oroville trailhead.
Driving Directions: 7 mile hike: from SR 97 follow signs to The Old Depot Museum and VC. The Oroville trailhead is just up the street from the museum - follow signs.
4 mile hike: From SR 97, turn west on Central Ave and drive 1+ mile to the Taber's Trailhead. Watch for signs and the big bridge crossing the river. It is 4 miles round trip from here. If you just want to see salmon - it is a short walk down to the bridge for the best viewing on the river - when they are running.
McLaughlin Canyon Trail
The McLaughlin Canyon Trail is a part of the Brigade Trail used by the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1800's and became known as the Caribou Trail during the Gold Rush in the 1850's. These trails diverged from the Okanogan River as the shoreline was impassable and climbed into the confined canyon.
On July 29, 1858, Native Americans from the Chelan, Okanogan, and Columbia tribes encountered a conflict with about 160 prospectors in McLaughlin Canyon. Both sides experienced injuries and casualties.
The easy 3 mile round trip descends the canyon and overlooks the Okanogan River. Although the canyon was devastated by fire in 2007, it is interesting and beautiful to see life returning to the canyon.
The trail was cleared in the spring, but wind falls will be a problem for several years. This is also a popular destination for rock climbing.
Driving Directions: About 4 miles south of Tonasket WA, take McLaughlin Canyon Rd for 3 miles to trailhead on left, trail is on the right - south of road.
Sa Teekh Wa Trail
The Sa Teekh Wa Trail is accessed from downtown Winthrop, Washington and is a nice walk through a pine forest along a scenic river.
About 1 mile level round trip trail runs along the Chewuch River and features historic and environmental interpretive signs.
Driving Directions: The trail is located at 110 Bluff Street in Winthrop. Just follow the main street to the northwest end of town. A bridge next to the Sa Teekh Wa Hotel provides access to the trail across the river.