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Mt. Bonaparte - A Tale of Two Trails

Long a popular trek with Boy Scouts staying at Camp Bonaparte below, Mt. Bonaparte is a wooded, alpine island in a sea of rolling farmland. It’s also one of the few fire lookouts still manned in high fire season, giving a historical aspect to this high perch.

+6 6 votes

Tiffany Highlands - Epic or Stupid Adventure?

A fine line separates an epic adventure from complete stupidity, as discovered on a unique alpine mountain bike loop through the Tiffany Highlands, an endeavor barely completed through the power of optimism.

+9 9 votes

Birthday Tour

Washington Pass is arguably the Northwest's best spring destination for backcountry skiers and the Birthday Tour is one of the most popular tours at Washington Pass. The scenery, quality of skiing, circular route, and variety of terrain all make its classic status well deserved.

+5 5 votes

Virginia Lake - Bike or Hike

Virginia Lake is one of the hundreds of small kettle lakes pocking the Okanogan Highlands east of the Okanogan River. The trip to this saline lake is an enjoyable and relatively easy outing. The route leaves from the north end of Soap Lake and follows a pretty, double-track road.

+5 5 votes

Salt Hill Surprise

This double-track road system – suited to walking, trail running, and mountain biking – is a huge surprise. It’s almost a magic trick that a landscape appearing so nondescript at the start can hide so many topographic, geologic, and scenic aces.

+8 8 votes

Soap Lake Rides

Apart from Omak Lake, Soap Lake (157 acres in size) is the largest saline lake in the Okanogan Highlands east immediately east of the Okanogan River. Riding the gravel road to and beyond Soap Lake akes for a fun outing, especially in spring when wildflowers color the hills.

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North Star Bike Loop - The Fury of Fire Ride

Forget a woman scorned. Hell really hath no fury like a forest burning where a century of fire exclusion has created an overload of fuel that is ready to burn at extremely high intensity. Over 250,000 acres in Okanogan County re-discovered the fury of fire during the summer of 2014 and this bike loop exposes you to that fury.
+7 7 votes

Lost River Trail

It’s neither a spectacular nor a bucket-list type of hike, but this riverine ramble rates as a very pleasant fallback. We particularly like this hike in early to mid-October when the broadleaf understory  will have you wondering whether a higher power is speaking to you through the medium of a flaming, yellow bush.
+4 4 votes

Box Canyon Peak Wanderings

This circuit is more obscure than many trip options around Lake Bonaparte but it gives walkers, mountain bikers, and trail runners already familiar with the area new ground to explore.
+3 3 votes

Bonaparte - Lost Lake Mountain Bike Loops

Whether you start at the Bonaparte Campground or the Lost Lake Campground, a number of mountain biking loops using a combination of paved roads, gravel roads, doubletrack, and singletrack provide a good workout and and access scenic viewpoints overlooking the area.