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Quick Facts
Designation: Nominated for National Scenic Byway
Designation: Washington State Scenic Byway
Fees: The Z-Canyon boat tours` fees fluctuate with the s
Length, One-Way: 27 Miles (45.0 Kilometers)
Time: 2-3 days


General Information

Description - This byway provides visitors with the chance to experience solitude in the Selkirk Mountains. Experience the breathtaking scenery and wander the trails and side roads for closer views. Catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife in the area. Visitors are likely to see Woodland Caribou, Grey Wolves, Grizzly Bears, and Bald Eagles. Any season is the best time to visit the "Forgotten Corner." Lush green springs and summers contrast with brilliantly colored autumns and white snowy winters. Take the opportunity to enjoy the variety of recreational aspects of this beautiful area. Come and discover the legacy that local pioneers have left for modern-day residents.

Attractions - The North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities meet the needs of the avid outdoors-people, and those not-so-avid.

You can use the interpretive hiking trails or strike out on your own. Our highest mountain is Gypsy Peak, which rises to 7,310 feet.

The hunting, fishing, and camping here are unsurpassed. The State record for German Brown Trout was caught at Sullivan Lake. You can swim, boat, canoe, kayak, and water ski.

In the winter, you can snowshoe, cross-country ski snowmobile, and ice fish. There are also several winter festivals.

We have one of the largest collections of big game animals found in the lower 48 states. Woodland Caribou, Grey Wolves, Grizzly Bears, and Bald Eagles reside here. There are a lot of viewing areas to see them.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains receives significantly less rainfall than that west of the mountains, 12 inches is the annual average. Temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months, because it is landlocked. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington. Western Washington is temperate, due to the coastal geography. The water is a stabilizing force for the climate, making extreme temperatures rare. The area receives large amounts of rainfall from Pacific storms and some snow during winter months. The mountains of Washington receive large amounts of water-laden snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year.

Location - In Spokane, Exit I-90 onto SR 2. Travel north on SR 2 to SR 211 (Sacheen cutoff). Continue north on SR 211. Turn left on SR 20. This is the beginning of the North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway. (Total distance from I-90: approximately 87 miles).

Directions from :

  • In Spokane, Exit I-90 onto SR 2.
  • Travel north on SR 2 to SR 211 (Sacheen cutoff).
  • Continue north on SR 211.
  • Turn left on SR 20. This is the beginning of the North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway.
  • (Total distance from I-90: approximately 87 miles).


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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Scenic Driving North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway
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ICON Viewing Scenery North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway
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More Information

Additional Information:
Washington Scenic Byways - Washington offers twelve state designated byways, two National Scenic Byways (Mountains to Sound Greenway and Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway) and one All-American Road (Mather Memorial Parkway).

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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